VIDEO PODCAST: John Dante Prevedini leads a discussion about Youth Involvement in Classical Music - this specially extended illustrated feature includes contributions from Christopher Morley, Gerald Fenech, Halida Dinova, Patricia Spencer and Roderic Dunnett.
DISCUSSION: Defining Our Field - what is 'classical music' to us, why are we involved and what can we learn from our differences? Read John Dante Prevedini's essay, watch the panel discussion and make your own comments.
Italian composer Manuel De Sica was born in Rome on 24 February 1949. His father was the film director and actor Vittorio De Sica and his mother was the Catalan actress María Mercader (whose brother Ramón Mercader murdered Trotsky in Mexico in 1940). He studied with Bruno Maderna at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
His first chamber music compositions were published by Ricordi, based on the interest shown by Renzo Rossellini, artistic director of the Monte Carlo Orchestra.
He also wrote symphonic works, but is best known for more than one hundred soundtracks for cinema and television, including Carlo Verdone's Al lupo, al lupo and Carlo Lizzani's Celluloide.
Manuel De Sica died from a heart attack on 5 December 2014, aged sixty-five.