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Biancamaria Furgeri

(b. 6 October 1935, Rovigo).

Italian composer of mostly orchestral, chamber, choral, and vocal works that have been performed throughout Europe and elsewhere.

Ms. Furgeri attended the Conservatorio Cesare Pollini in Padua and studied privately in Milan and Venice. She studied composition with Bruno Bettinelli and Giorgio Federico Ghedini, composition and organ with Wolfango Dalla Vecchia, counterpoint, fugue and harmony with Bruno Coltro, and piano with Giuseppe Piccioli.

Among her honours are Terzo Premio in a competition for music for organ in Magadino (1964, for Sonata), Primo Premio in the competition for sacred music in Varese (1973, for Messa), Erster Preis in the competition GEDOK in Mannheim (1985, for Tre Episodi), and Erster Preis in the competition for women composers in Zürich (1987, for Levia). She has received acknowledgments in the competition for music for piano in Treviso (1965) and the competition Contemporary Music Review in Naples (1985), as well as five mentions in the competition Guido d'Arezzo in Arezzo (1974–75, 1984–85, 1992) and two mentions in the competition Henryk Wieniawski in Poznań (honourable mention, 1985; third finalist, 1990). Her music has been performed in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Spain, and Switzerland.

Ms. Furgeri taught instrumental and vocal practice and music theory for children in Ferrara and harmony in Padua in the 1960s and has taught as a professor of counterpoint and harmony at the Conservatorio Giovanni Battista Martini in Bologna since 1969. She formerly served as headmaster of the Conservatorio Francesco Venezze in Rovigo.

Her primary publishers are Agenda, Casa Ricordi, Edizioni Edi.Pan, Edizioni Suvini Zerboni, Edizioni Zanibon, and Rugginenti Editore.

CONTACT INFORMATION

E-mail address: biancafurgeri@libero.it

Website: http://biancamariafurgeri.net/

COMPLETE LIST OF WORKS

ORCHESTRAL:

Antifonie, piano, orchestra, 1975

Moods, 1983

Levia, string orchestra, 1987

Intarsi, string orchestra, 1989

Erzählung, violin, string orchestra, 1990

CHAMBER MUSIC:

Consonanze, 9 players, 1975

Duplum, violin, piano, 1981

Tre Episodi, string quartet, 1985

Il Canto sognato, flute, 1989

Trasparenze, guitar, 1990

Flügel, flute, piano, 1990

Immagini fluttuanti, flute, harp, viola, 1990

Farben, flute, violin, piano, 1990

Sequenza 1, guitar, 1992

Voci dell'Es, flute, harp, violin, viola, cello, 1995

Dedicato a un sogno, violin, viola, cello, 2003

...A quattro voci..., flute, violin, viola, cello, 2004

...Da lontani ricordi..., flute, clarinet, harp, 2009

A due voci, flute, guitar, 2009

CHORAL:

Messa, voice, mixed chorus, organ, 1973

Discanto (texts by Giuseppe Ungaretti, Charles Baudelaire), 8 mixed voices, 1974

Voci del tempo (text by Eugenio Montale), female chorus, 1975

Allor dirò la donna mia (text by Dante Alighieri), mixed chorus, 1984

Là dove autunni e primavere (text by Tao Yuanming [Italian translation]), 12 mixed voices, 1985

Fragmenta (text from the Book of Isaiah), mixed chorus, string orchestra, 1987

Solo e pensoso (text by Francesco Petrarca), mixed chorus, 1993

Un Tenue lume (text by an unknown 6th-century poet from China [Italian translation]), 8 female voices, 1993

Canto del ricordo (texts from the Book of Wisdom, Li Bai), mixed chorus, 1995

Sereno (text by Giuseppe Ungaretti), 7 mixed voices, 1996

...Per lo soave tempo... (text by Bondie Dietaiuti), mixed chorus, 1998

L'Ombra dei cieli (text by Vittorio Gelsomino), female chorus, 2000

Lamento (text from a folksong from Hungary), mixed chorus, 2000

Invito (text by Enrico Camaggi), mixed chorus, 2001

Ad te levavi oculos meos (texts from the Vulgate, the Jerusalem Bible), 7 mixed voices, 2002

Rosa rorans (text from an anonymous 14th-century source), 3 female voices/mixed chorus, 2002 (also version for mixed chorus, organ, 2002)

...In guisa di colomba... (texts by Francesco Petrarca, the Book of Matthew, the Book of Psalms), 7 mixed voices, 2003

Ballata antica (text by Dante Alighieri), 4 female voices, 2003 (also version for 2 countertenors, tenor, bass, 2003)

Lungi dal proprio ramo (text by Giacomo Leopardi), 2 countertenors, tenor, bass, 2003

Ego flos campi (text from the Song of Solomon), 4 female voices, 2003

Psallite cum alleluia (double motet), 6 mixed voices/6 male voices, 2004

Trittico Francescano (texts from Franciscan sources, anonymous sources), mixed chorus, organ, ensemble, 2004

Prologo ed epilogo a una lettura dantesca, mixed chorus, flute, brass, piano, percussion, 2004

Dittico Sacro (text from the Book of Psalms), mixed chorus, 2006

In splendoribus (Christmas carol), mixed chorus, 2006

Piccola Messa latina, mixed chorus, 2007

Virgo Mater radiosa (mass), mixed chorus, oboe, 4 brass, organ, 2007

Tempus adest gratiæ (text from the Middle Ages, adapted by the composer), mixed chorus, 2008

Iustus ut palma florebit (introit), mixed chorus, organ, 2009

VOCAL:

Pars mea Dominus (text from the Book of Isaiah), soprano, organ, 1983

Cantico (text from the Song of Solomon), soprano, flute, harp, 1983 (also version for soprano, piano, 1993)

Ulisse (text by Wole Soyinka), soprano, speaker, piano, 1988

Parabola (text by Franz Kafka), soprano, bass, speaker, organ, 1990

Cantico a Mathilda (text by Donizone of Canossa), soprano, mezzo-soprano, string orchestra, 1991

Sette Liriche (text by Giorgio Segato), soprano, flute, violin, cello, 1994

Alba (text by Giorgio Segato), soprano, orchestra, 1994

Tre Liriche (text by Giorgio Segato), soprano, piano, 1998

Piccola Cantata (text by Rainer Maria Rilke), soprano, tenor, baritone, ensemble, 1999

A Mysterious Song (text by John Gracen Brown), soprano, flute, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2002

Immagini da una poesia (text by Gabriella Bianco), speaker, flute, violin, cello, 2009

PIANO:

Sonata, 1958

Suite, 1961

Suite per Gioconda, 1965

Iuvenilia, piano 4 hands, 1980

Sequenza 2a, 1992

Quasi una rapsodia, 2000

Sette Piccoli Pezzi, piano 4 hands, 2002

Piccolo valzer, 2005

Con slancio ed impeto, 2005

El Viento dijo, piano 4 hands, 2009

Le Parole del vento, 2009

ORGAN:

Sonata, 1963

Toccata e Ricercare, 1968

Opposizioni, 2 organs, 1986

Magdalena flos sanctitatis, 2000

DIDACTIC MUSIC:

Piccoli Musici (2 volumes), 1970–71

Il Libro dei ritmi e dei suoni, 1972

Il FuggitivoCanzone del pastoreCavallino Bianco e nero (texts from folksongs from Hungary), children's chorus, 1977

Ritorno (text by an unknown 4th-century poet from China [Italian translation]), children's chorus, 1985

Otto Piccoli Pezzi, piano 4 hands, 1986

Antologia di brani per flauto, flute, 1990

Antologia di brani per violino, violin, 1990

La Chitarra oggi, guitar, 1996

Otto Piccoli Pezzi per Ilaria (5 works for piano, 3 works for piano 4 hands), 2002

...Con ali lievi... (work for children's chorus/female chorus, 3 works for female chorus, work for 4 mixed voices, 2 works for 4 male voices, 3 works for 7 mixed voices, texts by an unknown 4th-century poet from China [Italian translation], the Song of Solomon, Dante Alighieri, an unknown 6th-century poet from China [Italian translation], Bondie Dietaiuti, Giacomo Leopardi, Antoine-Vincent Arnault, Francesco Petrarca, the Book of Matthew [Italian paraphrases], the Book of Psalms [Italian paraphrases], the Jerusalem Bible [Italian paraphrases]), 2002–03

Otto Schizzi musicali per Federico (4 works for piano, 4 works for piano 4 hands), 2003

Quattro Momenti musicali, piano, 2007

DISCOGRAPHY

Levia. Olga Géczy/La Gioia International (MRK: 497, c. 1988) (cassette)

Immagini fluttuanti; Sette Liriche; Il Canto sognato; Voci dell'Es; Farben. Barbara Vignudelli, soprano; Anna Maria Morini, flute; Ensemble Armos; Ensemble ACTIO (Teatro del Guerriero: MU 001, 1996)

Il Fuggitivo. Giorgio Mazzucato/I Piccoli Cantori di San Bortolo (Edizioni Paoline: SRC 30.27)