Paolo Rimoldi

(b. 1961, Tradate).

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

Mr. Rimoldi studied piano with Sergio Lattes at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan from 1975–82, where he also studied composition with Azio Corghi and Irlando Danieli from 1982–88 and graduated summa cum laude.

Among his honours are Primo Premio in the competition Valentino Bucchi in Rome (1983, for Die Welt wird Traum I [withdrawn]), Premier Prix in the competition Ville de Bagneux (1988, for Commentaire aux Dialogues sur les grands yeux, 'l'amorosa conversazione'), Deuxième Prix in the competition for sacred music in Fribourg (1993, for Iesu redemptor), Secondo Premio in the competition Ennio Porrino in Cagliari (1995, for At the still point of the turning world), Primo Premio in the competition Athenaeum NAE in Rome (1996, for ...poiché risiede in ciò che accetta, e splende), and Primer Premio in the competition Luis de Narváez in Granada (2000, for Die Welt wird Traum II). His music has been performed in Austria, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, and Switzerland, including at the Internationale Gaudeamus Muziekweek in Amsterdam (1989), the ISCM World Music Days (1991, Zürich) and the Biennale di Venezia (2001).

He has taught composition at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi since 2001.


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Dialogues sur les grands yeux, 1986

Concertino (Kumi ori), harpsichord, small orchestra (13 players), 1993–95

Cadenza dell'amico dell'ultimo minuto, violin, orchestra, 1996

not with a bang, but with a whimper, large orchestra (79 players), 1997–2000

Melismata, Qu'est-ce donc que le chant?, 2003


Minstrel, his toy, his dream, his rest, flute, 1985, revised 1990

Commentaire aux Dialogues sur les grands yeux, 'l'amorosa conversazione', flute, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, double bass, piano, percussion, 1987

Die Welt wird Traum II, string quartet, 1988, revised 1993, 1998

Jeu de..., flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, 1988–89

Oktavenoktett dit aussi Konsonanzenoktett, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, 2 bassoons, 2 French horns, 1990

Ce qui s'estompe a l'âge du temps, clarinet, viola, piano, 1991

...poiché risiede in ciò che accetta, e splende, flute (+ piccolo), oboe, clarinet, violin, viola, cello, percussion, 1994 (also version for percussion, ensemble [flute (+ piccolo), oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trombone, 2 violins, 2 violas, 2 cellos, double bass], 1996)

...frasi, incisi..., violin, viola, cello, 2000

Récit, oboe, organ, 2000

...Farben, Zeitmasse, Melodien..., flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, bassoon, 2001

Cinc, un treze..., flute, clarinet, harp, violin, cello, percussion, 2002

Postludio (a un Magnificat), 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, 2003

fis, accordion, 2004


Blanco, el comienzo (text by Octavio Paz), tenor, mixed chorus, oboe ad libitum, piano ad libitum, large orchestra (87 players), 1987–88

Voix de l'absence (text by Edmond Jabès), 12 mixed voices, 1990–91

Iesu redemptor (mass), mixed chorus, 1993

Il Viandante atomico (text by Matej Bor [translated by Giacomo Scotti]), speaker, high chorus, 2 or more soprano recorders, 2 trumpets, harp, guitar, violin, viola, cello, piano, 2 percussion, 1994

Je bâtis ma demeure (text by Edmond Jabès), 8 mixed voices, 1996

...quel passo che in sonno si sogna (text by Franco Fortini), mixed chorus, 2000–01 (also version for 6 mixed voices, 2002)

Cantata interiore (text by Didier Rimaud [translated by Eugenio Costa]), soprano, bass, 2 speakers, mixed chorus (+ percussion), flute, violin, piano 4 hands, organ, harmonium, percussion, 2003


...ancora viva tra le sue rovine (text by Mario Luzi), mezzo-soprano, flute, oboe, clarinet, French horn, violin, viola, cello, fixed media (2 tracks), live electronics, 1988

Dal grande codice, Smania, azzarda... (text by Mario Luzi), soprano, baritone, small orchestra (26 players), 1988

Il Cuore rotondo del mondo (text by Tomaso Kemény), 2 sopranos, flute, clarinet, harp, 1991

Su questo tuo detto (text by Didier Rimaud [translated by Eugenio Costa]), soprano, alto, tenor, bass, small orchestra (19 players), 1992

Trois Poèmes de Didier Rimaud (text by Didier Rimaud), soprano, guitar, 2004

prélude-prière (air, text by Patrice de la Tour du Pin), soprano, 2004

Vision and prayer (part 1) (text by Dylan Thomas), soprano, piano, 2004


At the still point of the turning world, 1988, revised 1995

Those who have crossed with direct eyes to death's other kingdom, 3 prepared pianos, 1989–90

Canti notturni di un viandante atomico, 1998

...quasi un enigma..., piano 4 hands, 2003


Commentaries on death's other kingdom Nos. 14, 1990–2001 (its sections may be performed separately: Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, 1990, revised 1995; Der du bist drei in einigkeit, 1992; Nu kom der heyden Heyland, 1996; Christ lag ynn todes banden, 2001)