The Second International Festival of Composition “Alfeo Gigli”, promoted by
the Accademia Filarmonica of Bologna in collaboration with the Association
Octandre-Musica Attuale and the Associazione Giovanile Musicale (A.Gi.Mus) in
Bologna, proposed the execution of 180 compositions by as many Italian and
foreign authors which were performed throughout 17 concerts, from 26 January to
13 December 200 at the Sala Mozart of the Accademia Filarmonica, on the occasion
of the events for Bologna as European Capital of Culture. The performances were
entrusted to the Ensemble Octandre and to the Ensemble Musica Attuale. Moreover,
fourteen CDs with a considerable part of the works in the programme were
released. Some of the scores were selected and performed on other occasions and
some others were published by the publishing house Agenda, by Giampaolo Salbego.
compositions by Italian authors came from 18 different Italian regions, while
the compositions by foreign authors came from 31 different countries: Argentina,
Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, Cyprus, China, South Korea,
Cuba, France, Germany, Japan, Great Britain, Greece, Libya, Mexico, Norway,
Holland, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Spain, United States, Sweden, Switzerland,
Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine.
The initiative, unique in Italy in its genre, intends to promote the activity of
Italian composers, thus giving an image of the great variety of today’s
composing experiences, free from any form of prejudices or merit judgement:
there emerges an extremely manifold overall picture, where beside extremely
avant-garde composing languages are more traditional languages, in a great
surprising variety of proposals which are evidence of the remarkable liveliness
of Italian composers at the threshold of the third millennium.