Fabrizio Ottaviucci | Notes on Contemporary Music

Pianist Fabrizio Ottaviucci introduces and interprets three contemporary music milestones: John Cage’s prepared piano, Chance Music and Terry Riley.

Like the three concerts dedicated to Jim Dine, which have had to be cancelled due to the health emergency, these notes all concern some of the most radical and innovative composers of the Twentieth Century, all of whom share something of Dine’s context and expression.

In his introductions, which are followed by a performance, Ottaviucci offers different ways of understanding and listening to the pieces. He illustrates the methods and processes used in their composition, and follows the philosophy behind their conception. In this music, which is unusually open to

both chance and external contribution, the pianist reveals with clarity the various stages of his sensitive work as a performer in this genre.