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P. Alessandro Polito is an Italian composer, pianist, choir director, philosopher, author of musicological essays, comic artist and game designer.

Bio

Born in Palermo in 1971, I took my diplomas of piano, choir direction and composition (with Marco Betta) at the Palermo Conservatory “V. Bellini”, was weaned by Salvatore Sciarrino during the summer courses in Città di Castello (Perugia) and grown up by Azio Corghi at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome where I completed my training.

I hold a Ph.D in Uomo e Ambiente by the University of Palermo and I am the author of Pedagogia per la nuova musica (2003), Breve corso di storia della musica in 6 ore e 30 (2003), Comporre canoni (2008) and Etologia Musicale. Animali camuffati e gesti predatori (2009).

I write and draw Herr Kompositor ®, the first method of musical composition (based on my original musical ethology) in the form of a comic book (awarded by UNESCO in 2004), published by Edizioni Curci and currently consisting of two graphic novels – Scrivi una canzone! (2013) and Il segreto dei compositori (2015) – and the card game Comporre è un gioco (2016).

I was professor of Didattica della Composizione and Psicologia Musicale in Reggio Emilia (ISSM “A. Peri”) and professor in charge of Armonia e Contrappunto in Palermo (Conservatory “V. Bellini”). Today I live in Florence where I am a philosophy teacher.

Music

My music is regularly performed.

Every piece (inspired by my ethological studies) collects shreds, scraps, slivers, fragments, silences and juxtaposes them (like the triglyphs and metopes on the pediments of the Greek temples) to provoke reactions in the listener.

Today, Musée du silence is the work that better represents my vision of music.

If you have time to spare, you might read an extended version of my musical poetics
(pdf 90 Kb… in italian!).

If you are a little short of time, the following playlist contains a brief selection of works (for various ensemble) showing my personal growth.

Comics & Games

Herr Kompositor® Serie is the new way to learn and compose music in the form of comic books. P. Alessandro Polito writes and draws two graphic novels and a card game – published by Edizioni Curci – with the colors of Laura Pederzoli.

 

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HERR KOMPOSITOR® – IL SEGRETO DEI COMPOSITORI
(Herr Kompositor® – The secret of the composers)
A graphic novel (a little “mystery” and, at times, “detective story”) that teaches the fundamentals of composition. The first, entry-level composition manual for starting to write music immediately.

Alex and John find The Secret Book of Great Composers in an old library. The volume is incomplete but contains a clue to finding the final part. And so a frantic hunt begins for the missing pages that will lead our heroes, Alex and
John, helped by little Lau, from the streets of Paris to the Old West, straight into the clutches of the Order of the Great Composers and to solving the mystery!

Thanks to The secret of the composers, the reader, armed with pencil, ruler and colours, will learn to write intuitive scores: drawings that can be played!

Author: P. Alessandro Polito
Illustrators: the author (pencil and digital ink) with Laura Pederzoli (colors).
Target: children aged 8 years and over
Edizioni Curci – EC 11867

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HERR KOMPOSITOR® – SCRIVI UNA CANZONE!
(Herr Kompositor® – Write a song!)

Little Phil’s heart is aflutter for a mysterious girl. But how can he make her notice him? Phil is thinking about writing a song that will touch her heart.
It’s a shame that… he doesn’t have the foggiest idea how to do it! So he turns to John and Alex, the fellows in the Misfits Band, the world’s most improbable band. It’s the beginning of an amazing adventure in the world of music.

Dreams, trials and tribulations, craziness, heart pounding, and Herr Kompositor’s® parodies in a sweet graphic novel that doubles as a manual teaching you how to compose songs.
Because composing is fun!

Author: P. Alessandro Polito
Illustrators: the author (pencil and digital ink) with Laura Pederzoli (colors)
Target: children aged 8 years and over
Edizioni Curci – EC 11837

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HERR KOMPOSITOR® Card Game – COMPORRE E’ UN GIOCO
Herr Kompositor® – Card Game. A composing Game
A strategy game by P. Alessandro Polito
Herr Kompositor – A composing game will allow you to enjoy the thrill of musical creation even if you don’t know notes and chords (don’t worry!). It is a strategy game: challenge your opponent, gain chords, complete your song and listen to it!
Become a real composer!
Drawings: P. Alessandro Polito. Colours: Laura Pederzoli. Design: Polito & Pederzoli.

Players: 1-2
Age: from 8 years
Playing time: 15-20 min.
Contents: deck of 56 cards and Rules (PDF download)
Edizioni Curci – EC11868

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Essays

In my life, I red a lot of books (and comics!). But, at times, I have also something to say. So I started writing…

Most of my essays are difficult to find because from time to time are out of stock. This (very short) list does not include essays released for specialized magazines or theatre programmes but only my main publications.

 

etologia

ETOLOGIA DELLA MUSICA. Animali Camuffati e gesti predatori (Mnemes, 2009)
Musical Ethology. Camouflaged animals and predatory gestures.

This book is fundamental for my music and it is also the final work for my Ph.D. There is something “animal” in the composers and something “human” in many animals when they “compose” their “music”. But what is the meaning of “composing music”? Is there a non-Occidentalist definition of music that puts a Beethoven’ symphony on the same level as a Tibetan song? or a Sinatra’ song next to Tanzania’s chimpanzee creations? Why do we like or dislike particular sounds? Are there any universal rules in music? This book is a multidisciplinary journey (through aesthetics, psychology, sociology, anthropology, music therapy – just to mention the main paths) that leads to musical ethology, revealing the gnoseological and psycho-physiological mechanisms that every composer – beyond the language he uses – should know to capture the prey: the listener.

 

 

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COMPORRE CANONI (Mnemes, 2008)
Composing Canons

With this practical study, everyone can learn how to compose (very very quickly!) canons and fugues using simple and historical techniques. ‘Nuff Said!

 

Brief_History

BREVE CORSO DI STORIA DELLA MUSICA IN 6 ORE E 30 (Mnemes, 2003)
Brief History of Music in 6 hours and half.

My first bestseller. If you love music and want to discover how music works, this book is a guided listening program for everybody: from early to contemporary music, across every musical genres.

 

Pedagogia

PEDAGOGIA PER LA NUOVA MUSICA (Armando, 2003)
Pedagogy for the new music.

This title is a reworking of my Master’s degree thesis in Philosophy. Inside you can find three essays (What really T.W. Adorno said, Against musical phenomenology, Some relationships between music and painting) and an interview (in italian) with Salvatore Sciarrino. The title is : “Music? A linguistic manipulation “. A real treat… and not just for fans!