Walter Marchetti
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Walter Marchetti (Italy, 1931) is an Italian composer who adopted John Cage's dadaist aesthetic and pioneered interactive and concrete music. In 1964 he formed the ZAJ group (a sort of European version of Fluxus) with Juan Hidalgo in Madrid.

His recordings include: La Caccia (Cramps, 1974), In Terra Utopicam (Cramps, 1977), which contains three compositions, Per La Sete Dell'Orecchio (Cramps, 1984), which contains Da Nulla e Verso Nulla (for marimba, maracas and magnetic tape) and the collage of field recordings Per la Sete Dell'Orecchio, Natura Morta (Cramps, 1989), Vandalia (Cramps, 1989), The Bird Of Paradise (Alga Marghen, 1994), the five-movement concrete concerto Antibarbarus (Alga Marghen, 1998), the colossal piano sonata Nei Mari Del Sud (Alga Marghen, 1999), that revisits a namesake electronic work of 1982, De Musicorum Infelicitate (Alga Marghen, 2001), "ten pieces in the form of mournful variations", etc.

Portrait d'un Glacier (Ground Fault) is musique concrete for landscapes. Sirrus (Ground Fault), recorded in 1989, is basically a collage of sound effects, but remains one of his most powerful works.

Utopia Andata e Ritorno (june 2005) contains two sprawling compositions: L'Andata and Il Ritorno.

Walter Marchetti died in may 2015.

Concerto For The Left Hand In One Movement (composed in 1994, recorded in april 2015) expanded the Canonic Variations for Orchestra on Prolapsed Time From Development to Hiccup of Black Cherry Jam, requiring the pianist "to hold a black umbrella open over his head in his left hand during the whole performance of this concerto".

(Translation by/ Tradotto da Alejandro Fernandez)

Walter Marchetti (1931) é un compositore italiano che adottò l'estetica dadaista di John Cage e fu pioniere della musica interattiva e concreta.

Nel 1964 formò il gruppo ZAJ (una sorta di versione europea di Fluxus), con Juan Hidalgo a Madrid.

Le sue registrazioni includono: La Caccia (Cramps, 1974), In Terra Utopicam (Cramps, 1977), che contiene tre composizioni, Per La Sete Dell'Orecchio (Cramps, 1984), che contiene Da Nulla e Verso Nulla (per marimba, maracas e nastro magnetico) e il collage di registrazioni di campo Per la Sete Dell'Orecchio,Natura Morta (Cramps, 1989), Vandalia (Cramps, 1989), The bird of Paradise (Alga Marghen, 1994), il concerto concreto in cinque movimenti Antibarbarus (Alga Marghen, 1998), la colossale sonata per pianoforte Nei Mari Del Sud (Alga Marghen, 1999), De Musicorum Infelicitate (Alga Marghen, 2001), che include "Ten pieces in the form of mournful variations" - dieci pezzi impenetrabili per pianoforte.

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