CD Spotlight. A Very Joyous Disc - Brahms arranged by Kenneth Woods impresses Alice McVeigh. '... this is an excellent performance representing a useful, joyful and even inspired addition to the orchestral repertoire.'
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Twentieth century Italian composer, writer, graphic artist and painter Francesco Pennisi, a cousin of M&V contributor Giuseppe Pennisi, was born in Acireale, Sicily on 11 February 1934 into a rich and cultured Sicilian family.
Well-known in Germany and Italy, Pennisi wrote five operas, several of which were performed in Italian and foreign theatres. He also wrote instrumental and vocal music, and a considerable amount of chamber music. His style was Mediterranean-flavoured calligraphic minimalist, elegant and sophisticated, but also influenced by American neo-classicism and twelve-tone music.
In the 1960s he was one of the founders of the Association Nuova Consonanza, one of the key institutions developing and promoting contemporary music in Italy. He was also a member of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Francesco Pennisi died in Rome, aged sixty-six, on 8 October 2000 (not 9 October 2000, as shown in some online sources).
An international summer school and festival in Sicily - Villa Pennisi in Musica - is held in and around the Acireale villa where Pennisi grew up.
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