Essays

In my life, I have red a lot of books (and comics!). But, sometimes, 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.

 

 

Composing_canons

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!