Massimo De Lillo

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Massimo De Lillo is an Italian composer, music arranger and teacher. He studied composition and graduated with honors at the “N. Piccinni” Conservatory in Bari. He also specialized in film music with Luis Bacalov at the Accademia Chigiana in Siena.
 

He has been awarded in several international composition competitions, including the Tenth Composition Competition for piano Fidelio in Spain (2020), the Elsie Bennett Composition Competition in USA (2018), the International Competition Bruno Serri in Modena, Italy (2017) and the Accordion-string Composition Competition of PIF in Castelfidardo, Italy (2015). His works have been selected in important international call for scores and have featured in many festivals and concert seasons in Italy, Argentina, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and United States. Some of his compositions have been recorded for the Digressione Music label.
He also studied philosophy, graduating with honors at the “A. Moro” University in Bari.


He has published several essays and books on musicological, philosophical and pedagogical subjects, including the critical catalogue of Ottavio De Lillo musical works.
He currently teaches at the “G. Salvemini” high school in Bari.

Tra i colori del cielo

Tra i colori del cielo (Among the colors of the sky), composed by Massimo De Lillo, espresses the feelings and emotions aroused by the vision of the colors of the sky.


The blue of the celestial vault, the white of the clouds, the freshness and intensity of the chromatic variations of sunrise and sunset are evoked here through the harmony (tonal and polytonal), the melodic profiles, the rhythmic figurations, the dynamics and the mixture timbre of the two instruments.


From a formal point of view, the piece is divided into four parts: a brief introduction of the harpsichord is followed by the exposition of the main theme, entrusted to the baroque violin. The central section has a contrast function: it elaborates the material of the exposition and introduces new musical ideas. In this section, the two instruments talks to each other: unlike what happened in the exposition, where there was a situation of polarity, now the violin and the harpsichord share and exchange the same or similar motifs. The recapitulation shows again the main theme and leads, through a large and intense crescendo, to the second climax of the piece, with which the work ends.

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