The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
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Italian composer Alberto Colla was born in Alessandria on 2 July 1968. He studied composition with Carlo Mosso, also studying piano, choral music and choral conducting, then specialised in composition, studying in Parma with Azio Corghi and in Rome at the Accademia Internationale Santa Cecilia.
He has written more than 120 works, and made his name in Italy with his prize-winning opera Il processo (Kafka's 'The Trial') in 2001.
He is particularly committed to realising large orchestral works, and has won many composition prizes for his writing.