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30 Jan  

Italian composer and pianist Mario Bertoncini died on January 19th. He was 86.

 

Bertoncini was born in Rome. He studied at the Conservatorio Santa Cecilia, learning composition with Goffredo Petrassi and piano with Rodolfo Caporali. He was present at Darmstadt in 1962 and followed Gottfried Michael Koenig’s course in electronic music in Utrecht. After this time he began to experiment with preparations of acoustic instruments, including with live electronics. 

 

From 1965 to 1972 Bertoncini became involved with the Nuova Consonanza Improvisation Group and from 1973 to 1975 was a D.A.A.D. Artist-in-Residence. It was in Berlin that he began to design open air kinetic sound-sculptures, example of which include: Vele (1973/74) for 7-metre aeolian harps and three vocalists, Chanson pour Instruments à Vent (1974) for harps and wind gongs, and Venti (1980/82) for 20 aeolian harps, 40 performers and 2 conductors. He was also known for his stage works, including Illegonda (1968), Spazio-Tempo (1967/70), Focus (1974), Elisaveta Bam (1984) and La Favola d’Aracne (1999). 

 

Bertoncini was active as a teacher, holding posts at the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro, McGill University in Montréal and the Universität der Künste, Berlin. 



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