Nudo (2015)

for piano

Composer’s notes

In 2012 I received a rather singular commission when a total stranger asked me to compose a musical portrait of his fiancée. The man knew exactly what he wanted: a concerto for piano and orchestra. After some reflection, I realized that I would be able to paint with music. It would never be possible, of course, to recognize the shape of the woman’s face or the colour of her hair, but the score could evoke the way in which she occupied space and time, and the different movements of the music would be like the faces on a rotating prism. I thus accepted the commission and the stranger sent me a few photos of his fiancée, spoke to me about her and, finally, introduced me to her. This is how R (A portrait for piano and orchestra) was born, to be performed for the first time by Lilya Zilberstein with the Orchestra Verdi in Milan. Subsequently, following other performances and a TV documentary, a number of different pianists asked me to write a version for solo piano. Hence Nudo emerged, a piece that would be identical to R, were it not for the fact that, as the title suggests, the pianist is naked, without orchestral clothing.
(nicola campogrande)

Press reviews

“Spicca l’iniziale Nudo del poliedrico Nicola Campogrande, sempre distintosi per propositività. Qui i cinque movimenti – “Home”, “Occhi”, Conquiste”, “Notte”, “Finale” – dal ritmo avvolgente, a tratti sensuale in proiezione tridimensionale, si ispirano alla figura femminile”
– Fabio Bianchi, “La libertà”, April 14, 2018

Instrumentation

piano

Details

Duration 16′

World Premiere
June 3, 2015
Milano, Fonderie Napoleoniche
Martina Filjak, piano

Publisher Breitkopf & Härtel
EB 8990
(in preparation)

Performances

Nudo

March 31, 2019

Desenzano del Garda (Italy), Auditorium Celesti

Claudio Bonfiglio (piano)

Nudo

December 8, 2018

Tartu (Estonia), University

Claudio Bonfiglio (pno.)
Estonian Premiere

Nudo

November 27, 2018

Verona (Italy), Sala Montemezzi

Claudio Bonfiglio (piano)

Nudo

September 23, 2018

RAI, Radio3

Ilaria Loatelli (piano)

Nudo

April 19, 2018

Milano (Italy), Università Bocconi

Yevgeni Galanov (piano)

Nudo

April 12, 2018

Castel San Giovanni – Piacenza (Italy), Istituto Palestrina

Yevgeni Galanov (piano)

Nudo

March 5, 2018

Bergamo (Italy), Società del Quartetto

Suzana Bartal (piano)

Nudo

December 17, 2017

Roma, Accademia Filarmonica Romana

Ilaria Loatelli (piano)

Nudo

June 9, 2017

Piacenza (Italy)

Yevgeni Galanov (piano)

Nudo

May 17, 2017

Trieste (Italy), Teatro Miele

Mizuho Furukubo (piano)

Nudo

July 3, 2015

Milano (Italy), Fonderia Napoleonica Eugenia

Martina Filjak (piano)
World Premiere

March 6, 2015