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Massimo De Lillo


Massimo De Lillo is an Italian composer, music arranger and teacher.
He graduated with honors in composition at the “N. Piccinni” Conservatory in Bari and 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 Classic Pure Vienna Composition Competition in Austria (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 featured in festivals and concerts in Italy, Argentina, France, Germany, Japan, Singapore and United States. Some of his compositions have been recorded for the Digressione Music label (Italy) and published by Trübcher Publishing (Great Britain).

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.

Come bianca luce

Through the depth of sound and expressive possibilities of the baroque string quartet, Come bianca luce (As white light) evokes the emotions and feelings aroused by the vision of white light and its surprising chromatic variations: from the welcoming, soft and reassuring tone of warm light to the silent, icy and sharp white of cold light.

From a formal point of view, the piece has the following structure: A, B, C, A’.

The harmonic language, characteristic of the author, is essentially tonal, but the tonality is constantly widened through the use of the modality, of the harmonies for quarts and of free diatonism.

This piece, written for the RŮŽIČKOVÁ Composition Competition, draws inspiration from the reading of some verses of the “Divine Comedy” by Dante Alighieri and is dedicated to the people who are victims of war and terrorism, because white, a symbol of purity, spirituality and eternity, represents our hope for the future and trust in others.

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