Encore/Da Capo

1985/1995

This piece wants to render with the highest clarity a process, a mechanism of transformation in one unique big formal "bow". And this has to be clear and comprehensible like a painting gesture. It is a transformation I would say physiological, rather than a real becoming; it has a centre and two mirror branches. Da Capo starts from energy in a pure state, almost physiological indeed:  pulse, rhythm. This energy unfolds and evolves gradually from the undefined to the defined and than exhausting and moving further and further, in one big "rallentando" of space and time.

Encore/Da Capo was written for Ictus Ensemble.


Luca Francesconi IT

Luca Francesconi studied piano at the Conservatory of Milan and composition with Azio Corghi, Karlheinz Stockhausen (in Rome), Luciano Berio (at Tanglewood) and jazz in Boston.  He also worked as an assistant of Berio beetwen 1981 and 1984.  In 1990 he founded Agon Acustica Informatica Musica, a center for production and musical research with new technologies based in Milan, which he led until 2006. He has received, among others, the Kranichsteiner Musikpreis (Darmstadt 1990), the Förderpreis der Ernst-von-Siemens-Musikstiftung (Munich 1994) and the Prix Italia 1994. He has so far written about a hundred works ranging from soloist to large orchestra, from opera to multimedia, most of these commissioned by leading musical institutions and radio corporations.

He’s written five Radio-Operas for RAI Corporation and six stage or open air operas, frequently using multimedia technologies. His works are commissioned and played by major international institutions like IRCAM, Ensemble Intercontemporain, ASKO, Arditti Quartet, Sudwestfunk Baden Baden, SudDeutscherRundFunk, WestDeutscherRundFunk, Nieuw Ensemble, London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Modern, BBC Symphony, Philarmonia, Swedish Radio Orchestra and Choir, Oslo Philarmonic, Gotheborg Symphoniker, La Scala Philarmonic, , RAI Orchestra, Los Angeles Philarmonic, San Francisco Symphony, Philarmonique de Radio France, Santa Cecilia Orchestra, Israel Philarmonic, Gewandhaus Leipzig and many others. We mention operas for LaMonnaie in Bruxelles (Ballata), Holland Festival Amsterdam (Gesualdo Considered as a Murderer), Piccolo Teatro Milano(Buffa Opera), Aix en Provence Festival.

He also conducts. Luca Francesconi  has been teaching for 25 years both in italian conservatory and in masterclasses all over the world. Next projects include several operas among which commissions from  La Scala Milano, Oslo Opera House, English National Opera London. He is artistic director of Biennale Venice Festival. At present he is professor and head of the department of composition at the Musikhögskolan of Malmö in Sweden.

Luca Francesconi