Ludovico Einaudi

Italian Born 23 Nov 1955

Ludivico Einaudi has developed a style all his own, which draws from such widely differing musical genres that it is almost impossible to categorise his work.  He was born in Turin, Italy on 23rd November 1955, and studied at the Milan Conservatory and then under Luciano Berio, who shared Einaudi's interests in jazz, folk and popular music.  It took Einaudi a little while to lift his own distict voice out from among everything he had learned - he had to throw away some twelve-tone compositions he had written, because the mathematical theory behind their construction was much more interesting than the finished music! 

Although his concepts had little support from fellow composers, Einaudi perservered, trying to find a way of putting the eclectic sounds and experiences of his life into music. Time Out (1988) was his first dance work, followed by The Wild Man and the Emperor (1991).  In 1992 the electronic harp cycle Stanze was released on CD, and Le Onde (The Waves) came out in 1998, becoming his most popular work.  Inspired by Virginia Woolf's novel in which descriptions of the seashore are embedded throughout the narrative, he wanted to write a piece containing recurring musical elements, almost like a song.

In works for film and theatre as well as his chamber pieces, the main feature of Einaudi's music is its genre-breaking eclecticism, incorporating, jazz, world, rock and classical music.  His early works are almost fiercely complex, but later ones (like Le Onde) could be described as minimalist, with their beautiful melodies and calm rhythms.  The Bach and Chopin his mother used to play on the piano at home, and the pop and rock his sisters played on the radio, surfaced to lead Einaudi away from the avant-garde towards a more accessible sound.

Related composers: Bach, Berio, Chopin, Nyman

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