Biography

Raffaele Gervasio (Bari 1910 - Rome 1994) is a composer of the twentieth century active in the multiple fields of pure and applied music.

After studying Violin and Composition, between Bari, Pesaro, Florence and Rome, Gervasio settled in the capital in 1940. Whilst here he began to collaborate, firstly as composer and general consultant, then as a music director with INCOM - Industries Short Films of Milan, for whom he wrote original and repertoire music for hundreds of documentaries and newsreels. At the same time he wrote music for theatrical performances and feature films, including the show Carosello Napoletano (that later became a movie), cultural radio segments, repertoire music and tunes for RAI - Radiotelevisione Italiana SpA. In 1961, for the centenary celebrations of the Unification of Italy, he composed an album with two LPs entitled I Canti che hanno fatto l’Italia, with original music, transcriptions and reworkings directed by Franco Ferrara, including a piece of work chosen by RAI for the inauguration of the broadcasts of their second television channel.

In the second half of the 1950s, he resumed his commitment to symphonic music with two Symphonies and in 1960 he ultimately left INCOM to devote himself to pure music, gradually reducing his other commitments in the field of applied music.

The Sixties were a period rich in music with important works of art, including Concerto spirituale (1961) for choir, viola, organ and harps, in memory of his father, and Preludio e Allegro Concertante (1962) for strings, piano and percussion, which together with Concerto per violino e orchestra (1966) and the subsequent Composizione in la (1974) for violin and piano, constitutes a triptych whose protagonist is the violin. At the end of this period are Logos(1969) for orchestra and Fantasia(1970) for piano, written at the request of Rudolf Firkušný.

In 1967, at the request of Nino Rota, he accepted the Chair of Composition at the Piccinni Conservatory of Bari. Two years later, he took over the direction of the new Duni Conservatory of Matera, already a detached section of the Bari Conservatory, which became independent and in just a few years it was not only fully operational, but a point of reference in Italy for its active teaching. A series of original works and re-elaborations specifically written for the young students of the Conservatory of Matera are from this period.

In 1978 he was elected Academician of Santa Cecilia.

Once the directing and teaching activity was completed, he dedicated himself exclusively to music. During this period a number of works, both chamber and orchestral, were composed: Invenzioni di aprile (1980) for viola, flute and guitar, Il filo rosso (1981) for wind quintet, Movimenti perpetui (1982) for orchestra, performed in Santa Cecilia, Ouverture inaugurale (1983) for organ and orchestra, commissioned by the Province of Bari, Doppio concerto (1984) for violin, guitar and strings, Quintetto secondo (1984) for wind and piano, in the repertoire of the Ensemble Galzio, Composizione orchestrale (1986) commissioned by the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Matera interviene (1988) for acting voice, choir and orchestra, Un’orchestra e tre recitanti per Giulietta e Romeo (1993), Triplo concerto “degli oleandri“ (1993) for flute, guitar, viola, strings and percussions, Capitoli  (1994) for clarinet in Bb, piano and cello and Variazioni sulla preghiera del Mosè di Rossini (1994) for trumpet and organ.

Timeline

1910

Raffaele Gervasio was born on the 26th July in Bari, to Michele, archaeologist, and Rosa De Leonardis. Due to the premature death of the eldest daughter Teresa, he is the first of three children (Giuseppe and Elena). He was a precocious child and musically gifted so his parents decided to have him home schooled.

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Rosa De Leonardis with Raffaele, Giuseppe and little Elena

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The Caryatids of the Laterza Bookshop
Caricature of Frate Menotti showing the intellectuals who, in 1912, used to haunt the Laterza bookshop in Bari, among them Benedetto Croce with straw hat and walking stick. In the foreground, on the right, Michele Gervasio wearing archeologist overalls with little Raffaele.

1925

Gervasio began attending the Piccinni Musical High School founded by Giovanni Capaldi, which then became the Bari Conservatory. He studied violin with Gioconda De Vito, harmony with Don Cesare Franco and piano with Italo delle Cese. During this time the family relocated from Bari to Torre a Mare.

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Gervasio playing the piano
In the house in Torre a Mare

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Gervasio as a student
Photo of an end of school-year recital. From the left Raffaele Gervasio, Nilde Pignatelli, Antonio Moramarco and a student of Gioconda De Vito’ violin class.

1927

Almilcare Zanella, honorary director of the Musical High School of Bari, convinces the family to let the young student Gervasio attend the 'Gioacchino Rossini' conservatory in Pesaro and attend his composition class. He studied counterpoint and harmony with Antonio Cicognani and Alessandro Peroni and completed his violin studies with Giovanni Chiti, with whom he graduated with honours in 1929. He remained in Pesaro in 1930 as an apprentice and first violin of the conservatory orchestra and continued to study composition with Zanella.

He writes the Notturno-Capriccio op.2, which Zanella published in the magazine Antologia Musicale.

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Violin diploma
Pesaro, 12th July 1929

1931

He completes Op. 2 with a Scherzetto and a Nenia with verses by Michele Campanelli. La Nenia shows his advancement in composition.
In the autumn he moved to Florence where, for the Cherubini Conservatory entrance exam, he wrote a piece on the theme by Frazzi.

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Compimento medio of Composition
Pesaro, 18th December 1931

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1934

He graduates with Vito Frazzi in 1934, winning the gold medal of the Ministry of National Education withAndante on the theme of Bagnoli.

He moves to Rome where he attends the specialisation course with Ottorino Respighi at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia and in 1935 he obtains the prize for best student. After Respighi's death in the spring of 1936, he returns for his second year of improvement with Ildebrando Pizzetti.

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Gold Medal Diploma
Awarded by the Ministry of National Education on 8th September 1934

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In remembrance of Vito Frazzi
Written in 1988, on the occasion of the centenary of the birth

1936

He attends the introductory course to the composition of music for reproduction (cinematography, radio, phonography) held by Eng. Ernesto Cauda at the Conservatory of Santa Cecilia.

He writes the Rapsodia da Camera su canti di Puglia op.13, which he considers his first "authentic work" and was performed in Bari on July 7 of the same year, together with the Introduzione al Golgotha op.15, which receives appreciation.

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1936 Concert
Programme of the 7th July 1936 Concert

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Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, 5th July1936

1937

He fulfils his military service.

He composes Canti pugliesi per una danza lenta.

1938

After military service he returns to Rome. He writes the music for the animated film Crociato 900, by Liberio Pensuti, for the anti-tuberculosis campaign.

1940

He writes the music of the documentary Colpi d’Ariete for the anti-tuberculosis campaign, with cartoons by Liberio Pensuti and Ugo Giacomozzi as conductor.

In 1940 he begins his relationship, which will last 20 years, with INCOM - Industrie Cortometraggi Milano, as composer and general consultant first, and then musical director, for whom he adds sound to hundreds of documentaries and newsreels, with original music or repertoire. A very large part of the INCOM repertoire is archived and made available by the Luce Archive.

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Gervasio at work

1941

He composes the music for the films Luna di Miele directed by Giacomo Gentilomo, with Assia Noris, and I Pirati della Malesia directed by Enrico Guazzoni with Massimo Girotti and Clara Calamai.

For INCOM he writes the music for several documentaries, including Armonie giovanili, directed by Stefano Canzio, Ugo Giacomozzi as conductor, Dono dei boschi, directed by Antonio Dell'Anno, Noi Mondine, directed by Vittorio Carpignano, Ugo Giacomozzi as conductor, Sosta d’eroi, directed by Pietro Francisci, Fernando Previtali as conductor, T.O. 34, directed by Vittorio Carpignano, Fernando Previtali as conductor.

He writes Preghiera for reciting voice and orchestra on lyrics by Raffaella Botta.

1942

He composes the music of Nel paese dei Ranocchi, the first Italian animated colour short film by Antonio Rubino, EIAR symphony orchestra conducted by Fernando Previtali, who wins the gold medal at the Venice International Film Festival in 1942.

He composes the music of INCOM documentaries including Via Margutta directed by Raffaele Saitto, Giuseppe Morelli as orchestra conductor and ensures the coordination and integration of the music for Allegretto a quattro voci, directed by Edmondo Cancellieri, with Fernando Previtali as conductor.

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The Short Film-Makers – 1 The INCOM
Caricature of Nino Za, Cinematografo,1942

1943

In March he marries Raffaella Botta. In September he loses his brother Giuseppe, who was second lieutenant doctor and went missing in the bombing of the Bologna train station.

He composes the music of the film I nostri sogni, directed by Vittorio Cottafavi, with Vittorio De Sica, Paolo Stoppa and Maria Mercader, and INCOM documentaries including Musei Vaticani  and Cantico del sole.

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Gervasio with his wife Raffaella Botta

1944

He composes the stage music of two theatrical performances, Faust, a recital directed by Adolfo Celi, and Francesca da Rimini directed by Guido Salvini, and Nuvole for piano.

1945

His eldest son Michele was born in January in Torre a Mare, for whom he composes the berceuse A Michele, for piano. He also writes Pioggia for voice and piano on lyrics by Raffaella Botta.

He composes the music of Quartetto pazzo directed by Guido Salvini, with Gino Cervi, Anna Magnani, Rina Morelli, Paolo Stoppa and Guglielmo Barnabò.

From 1945 he began to collaborate with RAI - Radio Audizioni Italiane (which from 1954 would become RAI - Radiotelevisione Italiana). His first piece of original radio work is Da Lilì Marlene alla vittoria, for orchestra and speaker on lyrics by Edoardo Anton.

1946

He writes the music for the radio originals Napoli vita perenne and La giornata di una chiesa, both for orchestra and speaker on lyrics by Edoardo Anton.

After the monopoly of information through newsreels attributed to the Luce Institute, INCOM organizes the Settimana INCOM information newsreel which will last until 1965. In addition to original music and adaptations for thousands of newsreels, he writes the music for the theme song.

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Let’s talk about us
Settimana Incom of 23rd December 1946

1947

For INCOM, he composes, among others, the music for the short films L’Italia s’è desta, of which he is also co-writer, directed by Domenico Paolella and with the orchestra conducted by Fernando Previtali.

One of his articles is published on Radiocorriere in two episodes: Radio Songs. A Musician’s Ideas.

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Fernando Previtali, Sandro Pallavicini, founder of INCOM, and Gervasio

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Radio Songs. A Musician’s Ideas
Radiocorriere numbers 22 and 24 of 1947

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1948

He composes, among others, the music of INCOM short films Intermezzo radiofonico, directed by Edmondo Cancellieri, with the Rome Radio Symphony Orchestra of Italy conducted by Fernando Previtali; E il Vesuvio sta a guardare, directed by Domenico Paolella and with the orchestra of the Italian Radio conducted by Franco Ferrara; Thanks America!, directed by Domenico Paolella and with the orchestra of the Italian Radio conducted by Fernando Previtali.

For the radio he composes the music for the radio play Il canto di EliEli, based on lyrics by Annaluisa Meneghini and Alberto Perrini, while for the theatre he composes the stage music for Il voto, directed by Ettore Giannini, with Sarah Ferrati, Salvo Randone, Camillo Pilotto.

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Raffaele Gervasio
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1949

His daughter Rosa Maria, known by all to this day as Leietta, was born in January in Rome.

For INCOM he composes, among others, the music of the short film Marconi, directed by Pietro Benedetti, with symphony orchestra and choir of Radio Torino conducted by Mario Rossi.

He composes the soundtrack, directed by Fernando Previtali, of the film La roccia incantata incantata (1949) directed by Giulio Morelli, with Dina Sassoli and Mirko Ellis.

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Michele at INCOM and Gervasio with Leietta and Michele at home

1950

On April 14, Carosello napoletano (with the initial title of Neapolitan Carousel) debuts at the Teatro La Pergola in Florence, an Errepì show (Remigio Paone), directed by Ettore Giannini, with scenography by Gianni Ratto, choreography by Ugo Dell'Ara, costumes by Maria De Matteis. The show, which won four Maschere d’Argento (subject, direction, scenography and music) was a huge success and went on tour in Europe and America.

He composes, among others, the music of INCOM short films Campionato mondiale di calcio. Gli azzurri in Brasile, directed by Stefano Canzio, with the Italian Radio Symphony Orchestra of Rome conducted by Fernando Previtali, and I cristalli, created by Lando Colombo.

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World premiere of Carosello Napoletano

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Carosello Napoletano
Article by Sergio Surchi, The Literary Fair, 30th April 1950

1951

He composes the music of the films Il capitano nero, directed by Giorgio Ansaldi and Alberto Pozzetti, Italian Radio symphonic orchestra of Rome conducted by Fernando Previtali, with Marina Berti and Steve Barclay, Fiamme sulla laguna, directed by Giuseppe Maria Scotese, with Lea Padovani and Leonardo Cortese. For INCOM he composes the music for Fiorenzo il terzo uomopresented in France under the title Le 34° tour d’Italie cycliste, directed by Stefano Canzio.

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Gervasio at INCOM
Caricature of Raimondo Musu

1953

For RAI he composes the music for Ballata Italiana, radio original based on lyrics by Edoardo Anton, directed by Alberto Casella, symphonic orchestra and choir of Italian Radio directed by Franco Ferrara, chorus master Nino Antonellini, boys' choir directed by Renata Cortiglioni. The piece, commissioned by RAI, was presented at the 5th edition of Premio Italia.

He composes the music of the film L’incantevole nemica, directed by Claudio Gora, conductor Franco Ferrara, with Silvana Pampanini, Robert Lamoureux, Carco Campanini, Ugo Tognazzi and a short participation by Buster Keaton.

For INCOM, he composes, among others, the music for the short films Il miracolo della seta, directed by Lando Colombo, with the Chamber Orchestra of Rome conducted by Franco Ferrara, and Percorso netto, directed by Raimondo Musu, with the Rome Chamber Orchestra conducted by Franco Ferrara.

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L'incantevole nemica
Buster Keaton

1954

For INCOM, he composes, among others, the music for the short films Ballata siciliana, directed by Remigio Del Grosso, conductor Franco Ferrara, Il re dello stagno, directed by Lando Colombo, with music directed by the author, Sicilia Olimpica, directed by Remigio Del Grosso, with music directed by the author, and Concerto ginnico, directed by Raimondo Musu, conductor Fernando Previtali.

He composes the music for the radio documentary Sinai, based on lyrics by Gian Battista Angioletti and Sergio Zavoli, presented at the 6th edition of Premio Italia.

The movie Carosello napoletanois released in theatres, a cinematographic transposition of the theatrical show with the same name, directed by Ettore Giannini, screenplay by Ettore Giannini, Giuseppe Marotta, Remigio Del Grosso; scenography by Mario Chiari; photography by Piero Portalupi; Ballet Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas, Le Ballet Africain, French can-can; choreography by Léonide Massine; costumes by Maria De Matteis. The film wins the international award at the Cannes festival.

1955

He completes the first Sinfonia, whose composition he had started some time before, and which was ultimately performed at the Argentina Theatre in Rome by the Symphony Orchestra of the Santa Cecilia Academy conducted by Fernando Previtali. He then composes the Seconda Sinfonia, also called the Sinfonia degli Stadi, performed at the Piccinni Theatre of Bari by the Orchestra of the Piccinni Foundation conducted by Pietro Argento.

He composes the music for the film Piccola posta, directed by Steno, with Franca Valeri and Alberto Sordi.

1956

After repeated attempts at reconciliation, the marriage to Raffaella Botta breaks down, with consensual separation.

He composes Allegro da parata, which was then recorded with Franco Ferrara conducting.

1958

He writes original orchestrations and music for a Philips show by Son et Lumière, Romani de Roma, which was supposed to take place at villa Aldobrandini, but was cancelled a few days before its debut.

He composes the music for the ballet Viaggio di nozze, with the choreography of Ugo Dell’Ara, staged at the communal theatre in Bologna in December.

For INCOM he composes, among others, the music of the short film  Archeologia + petrolio = Sicilia, directed by Giuseppe Scotese.

1959

He composes the music for the television broadcast Europa in roulotte, nine episodes by Leonardo Cortese and Marco Cesarini Sforza, which tells the story of Europe through a journey made by Cortese with his family in a caravan.

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Travelling Around Europe by Caravan
Article in Radiocorriere n. 22 of 1959 about the tv programme Europe in a Caravan

1960

Gervasio leaves INCOM after 20 years to devote himself mainly to pure music.

In view of the imminent centenary of the unification of Italy, he works on I canti che hanno fatto l’Italia, a double record album produced by RCA, with original transcriptions, elaborations and music directed by Franco Ferrara, which will be released the following year.

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Gervasio with Franco Ferrara
During the recording of the I canti che hanno fatto l’Italia

1961

For RAI he composes the Canzonette amorose, for male voice and instruments, on verses by Angelo Romanò.

His father Michele dies. In his memory he composes the Concerto spirituale, for male choir, mixed choir, viola, organ and harps.

The part relating to the songs of the great war of I canti che hanno fatto l’Italia was played in the great inaugural concert of the second RAI channel on November 4, 1961, broadcast live by the Palazzo dello Sport in Rome, orchestra and choir of the Italian radio and television, conductor Franco Ferrara, chorus master Nino Antonellini, voices Rosanna Carteri, Raffaele Ariè, Giuseppe Campora and Renato Capecchi, chorus of white voices directed by Renata Cortiglioni, fanfare of the National Association Bersaglieri section of Rome.

1962

He composes the Preludio e allegro concertante, for strings, piano and percussion, later the winner of Premio Ballo. Gervasio considers it the first part of a triptych that has the violin as its protagonist, the following parts of which will be the Concerto per violino e orchestra and the Composizione in la.

1963

He composes Un tempo per due, for cello and harp, dedicated to Maria Dongellini Selmi and Giuseppe Selmi, and the Suite del Pardo, for harpsichord or piano.

1966

He composes the Concerto per violino e orchestra, subsequently recorded by RAI with the RAI Symphony Orchestra of Rome conducted by Pierluigi Urbini, violinist Pina Carmirelli, and winner of the Premio Giordano.

For Il mercante di Venezia, a theatrical show directed by Ettore Giannini, with Paolo Stoppa, Rina Morelli, Ottavia Piccolo, Tino Carraro, he composes the music performed on stage by the madrigalistic complex Luca Marenzio, with original transcriptions and music.

He composes the music of Muse Notturne, with lyrics by Enzio Cetrangolo, for soprano, horn and piano.

1967

He composes the Detti di Aristotele, for soprano, flute, cello, piano and cymbals, whose lyrics are taken from I problemi musicali di Aristotele.

At the request of Nino Rota, to whom personal friendship and professional esteem bind him, he accepts the composition chair at the Piccinni Conservatory of Bari, of which Rota is director.

1968

He composes the Composizione in la, for violin and piano, written for Bice Antonioni and in her repertoire.

His mother Rosa De Leonardis dies.

1969

He composes Logos, for orchestra, whose first performance with the RAI symphony orchestra is conducted by Fernando Previtali.

He agrees to take over the management of the new Duni Conservatory of Matera, formerly a detached section of the Piccinni of Bari; this is a particularly challenging task and, especially in the first phase, full of bureaucratic and administrative commitments in which Gervasio will be engaged until 1976, leading the Matera Conservatory to become a reference point in Italy for its active teaching. Subsequently, he returned to the chair of composition until 1980.

1970

He writes Fantasia, for piano at the request of the pianist Rudolph Firkusny, who will perform it in Bari in 1973.

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The Essays of the Conservatory become a central point of the didactic activity and Gervasio writes, for the students, numerous original pieces of music, transcriptions and reworkings, some of which will have an independent life in the concert repertoire. For example: Invitation au violon, for solo violin, violins I and II, sistrum and triangle, harp and piano,  Apertura, for 5 trumpets in C, horn in F, 3 trombones and organ, Tecnica giornaliera, for two pianos, Le ciliege, for piano with six hands,  Arpeggini per Agnese, for harp, organ and percussion, Marcia dei maggiolini, for 3 bassoons, violins, sistrum, triangle, harp and piano, Elaborazione dello studio per clarinetto di Gaetano Donizetti, for Bb clarinet and piano, Cinque canti romani, for chorus of white voices and so on.

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Program of the essays 1970
Letter from the Director

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The “Duni” Conservatory: a novelty in the culture of Matera
Article by Nicola Sbisà. La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, 18th August 1973

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Open school
1975, documentary about the Duni Conservatory of Matera

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Il piccolo montanaro dismissed
Article by Laura Padellaro, Radiocorriere n.17, April 1975

1974

He composes a new instrumentation without voices of the Rapsodia su canti di Puglia for chamber orchestra, which will then be directed by Rino Marrone.

1976

He composes Improvviso notturno e finale, for cello, piano and percussion.

1977

For the violinists Tina and Carmen Staffieri he composes Dialoghi della Bilancia, for two violins.

1978

He was elected Academician of Santa Cecilia.

From October, for thirteen episodes, the weekly transmission Scuola di musica, hosted by Gervasio, will be broadcast on Radio Uno.

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A real “Music School”
Article by Laura Padellaro, Radiocorriere TV of 2nd January 1979

1979

He composes Capriccio, for piano and the Concerto per quattro violini and piano remained unfinished.

1980

He composes Napoli Antica, for voices, choir and orchestra, reworked in chamber version in 1990, Il Postiglione for trumpet and piano composed at the request of Francesco Lentini and Invenzioni di aprile for viola flute and guitar, dedicated to the violist Giovanni Antonioni and performed with Pietro Romano, flute, and Carlo Carfagna, guitar. The didactic activity at the Conservatory ends.

1981

He writes Moti lucenti, for brass and percussion, performed in Bari by the Brass Simphony, conducted by Paolo Lepore; Il filo rosso, for wind quintet, for the Dauni Soloists by Domenico Losavio; and, for violin and guitar, the Sonatina marziale La Barbarella.

1982

In April the 80's Musicamera association in Bari dedicated a monographic concert to him.

At the request of Franco Ferrara, for the closing concert of the course for young conductors held by him in Bari, he writes Movimenti perpetui, for orchestra; at the request of Carlo Carfagna he composes Ricercar del sestante, for guitar.

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Programme of the Concert of 5th April 1982

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The 7 Notes are not finished
Nicola Sbisà interviews Raffaele Gervasio, published in the La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno of 3rd April 1982, at the monographic concert organized by Musicamera ’80 for 5th April.

1983

For the inauguration of the organ of the Rota Auditorium of the Piccinni Conservatory of Bari, he composes the Ouverture inaugurale, for organ and orchestra, performed by the Symphony Orchestra of the Province of Bari, with conductor Rino Marrone and organist Luigi Celeghin. He composes Concerto da camera, for double quintet (five strings and five wind instruments) and percussion, for the Dauni Soloists by Domenico Losavio.

He composes Introduzione e tema variato, for violin and piano, which he will then transcribe for violin and strings.

1984

He composes various chamber pieces, including Doppio concerto, for violin, guitar and strings, Quintetto secondo, for oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and piano, dedicated to the Ensemble Galzio, Indugio compiuto, for voices, violin, guitar, piano and percussion, Quattro invenzioni, for piano and Sonata, for piano and percussion.

In May the E.R. Duni of Matera, as part of the First Review of Contemporary Music, organizes the concert Ritratto di Raffaele Gervasio. Portrait of Raffaele Gervasio

In July his sister Elena dies and in December his granddaughter Elena, Michele's daughter, is born.

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Portrait of Raffaele Gervasio
Matera, St. Francis of Assisi Church, 26th May 1984

1985

He composes Violakit, for guitar and viola.

1986

On commission from the National Academy of Santa Cecilia he writes Composizione orchestrale, , performed in 1988 by the Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia conducted by Yoav Talmi.

In January the grandson Ruggero, Leietta's son, is born.

1988

In view of the first visit of a President of the Republic to Matera, he composes, on commission of the Province, the piece Matera interviene, for reciting voice, choir and orchestra. The visit was cancelled and the first performance was in 2006.

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Gervasio with grandchildren Elena and Ruggero

1989

He composes Percorso, for flute and piano.

1990

On March 15 the Camerata Musicale of Bari, conducted by Gianni Antonioni, organizes a concert at the Petruzzelli theatre entirely dedicated to Gervasio and entitled Raffaele Gervasio “il compositore barese”. Raffaele Gervasio “il compositore barese”.

He participates in the commemoration of Fernando Previtali in September, five years after his death.

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Raffaele Gervasio “The Composer from Bari”
Programme of the concert held at the Petruzzelli Theatre of Bari, 15th March 1990

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In remembrance of Fernando Previtali
held by Gervasio on 22nd September 1990

1991

He composes Rivelazioni, for reciting voice, baritone, mixed chorus and orchestra for the 1991 Sacred Music Festival of Rome. The concert was cancelled and the song never performed; Parabola, for clarinet and piano; Nel vivo, for clarinet quartet.

1992

He composes, at the request of the pianist Vincenzo De Filpo for the Messiaen quartet, Riscrittura, for violin, cello, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet and piano, which, as the title suggests, is a reworking of the Preludio e allegro concertante.

1993

He composes Un’orchestra e tre recitanti per Giulietta e Romeo, for three voices and orchestra; Florilegio ’83, for orchestra, third version of the Concerto da camera; Triplo concerto degli oleandrifor flute, viola, guitar and orchestra.

1994

He composes for the Ensemble Galzio Capitoli, for clarinet, piano and cello, and for Mauro Maur the Variazioni sulla preghiera del Mosè di Rossini, for trumpet and organ.

Raffaele Gervasio dies in Rome in July.

In December the Conservatory Niccolò Piccinni of Bari organizes the concert In memory of Raffaele Gervasio in the Cathedral of Bari.

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Farewell to Gervasio
Article by Nicola Sbisà, La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, 5th July 1994

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In memory of Raffaele Gervasio
Programme of the concert organised by the Conservatory of Bari in the Cathedral of Bari on 16th December

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1995

The Tito Schipa Conservatory of Lecce dedicates a Homage to Raffaele Gervasio

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Homage to Raffaele Gervasio
Programme of the concert held on 27th May in the Auditorium of the Conservatory

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2003

The Symphony Orchestra of the Province of Matera, conducted by Vito Clemente, organizes the concert in Homage to Raffaele Gervasio

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Homage to Raffaele Gervasio
Symphonic orchestra of the Province of Matera, conducted by Vito Clemente, Matera 29th June 2003

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2005

The University of Bari organizes the concert with Music by Raffaele Gervasio and Nino Rota

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Music by Raffaele Gervasio and Nino Rota
Programme of the concert organised by the University of Bari in the entrance hall of the university building, on 10th June 2005

2006

Teca del Mediterraneo organizes the Musicians of Puglia for the Cinemaconcert, with music by Franco Casavola and Raffaele Gervasio.

The E.R. Duni Conservatory of Matera organizes Raffaele Gervasio, a Life Dedicated to Music, two days of music, exhibitions and meetings dedicated to Gervasio, promoted by the Conservatory Auditorium, and the first performance of Matera interviene

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Musicians of Puglia for the Cinema
Programme of the concert held at the Auditorium Vallisa of Bari in 16th June 2006

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Raffaele Gervasio, a Life Dedicated to Music
Programme of the initiatives of the Duni Conservatory of Matera with the premiere of Matera interviene, 18th 19th December 2006

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2008

The Camerata Musicale of Bari organizes a Homage to Gervasio, with music performed by the Trio l'Orage

Teca del Mediterraneo organizes the concert with Music by Raffaele Gervasio and Nino Rota, performed by the Collegium Musicum directed by Rino Marrone.

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Homage to Raffaele Gervasio
Programme of the concert organised by the Camerata Musicale Barese held at the La Vallisa Auditorium, on 21st June 2008

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Music by Raffaele Gervasio and Nino Rota
Concert organised by the Teca del Mediterraneo at the Villa Romanazzi Carducci in Bari on 19th January 2010

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2010

The Collegium Musicum, conducted by Rino Marrone, organizes the concert To Raffaele Gervasio

On the centenary of his birth, the General catalogue of Raffaele Gervasio's worksis published, edited by Nicola Ventrella, for Edizioni Dal Sud.

2010 concerto Kursaal 1

To Raffaele Gervasio
Programme of the concert organised by the Collegium Musicum at the Santalucia Kursaal Theatre in Bari on 19th January 2010

catalogo-gervasio

Raffaele Gervasio General Catalogue of Works

2010 catalogo GdM 29 ott

A Carousel of Music by Raffaele Gervasio
Article by Nicola Sbisà, La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, 29th October 2010

2011

On the occasion of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy, the album I canti che hanno fatto l’Italia e vengono realizzati due concerti: il primo a Taranto, il 1 giugno, con l’Orchestra della Magna Grecia diretta da Piero Romano, il coro lirico di Potenza e il Coro di voci bianche delle scuole di Taranto, la Fanfara della Marina Militare di Taranto; il secondo a Roma, il 1 luglio, presso l’Auditorium Parco della Musica di Roma con Orchestra, Coro e Voci Bianche dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia e Fanfara dell’Associazione Nazionale dei Bersaglieri, direttore Carlo Rizzari.

 

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I Canti che hanno fatto l'Italia
Programme of the concert conducted by Piero Romano in Taranto, 1st June 2011

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2011 Roma I canti

I canti che hanno fatto l'Italia
Locandina del concerto diretto da Carlo Rizzari realizzato a Roma, all'Auditorium Parco della Musica il 1 luglio 2011

2012

In December the book Inside Music. In Memory of Raffaele Gervasio is presented in Matera by Vincenzo De Filpo.

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Presentation of the book "Inside Music"
Matera, Duni Conservatory, Nino Rota Theatre, 1st December 2012

2014

The Conservatory of Music Niccolò Piccinni of Bari organizes the initiative To Raffaele Gervasio, a homage on the twentieth anniversary of his death with the creation of a series of events carried out over a week, from 17th to 24th November, which include the screening of films and animation short films, the performance of chamber music and youth lyrics and the performance of symphonic music.

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To Raffaele Gervasio, a homage on the twentieth anniversary of his death
General programme of the week of events organised by the Piccinni Conservatory of Bari from 17th to 24th November 2014

2014 musica da camera

Chamber Music
Programme of 17th November 2014

2014 liriche giovanili

Lyrics of his Youth
Programme of 19th November 2014

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Poster of the Concert of 24th November
Conductor Giovanni Pelliccia, Bari, Petruzzelli Theatre

2015

The E.R. Duni of Matera celebrates 50 years of music by dedicating a series of in-depth and musical events to Egidio Romualdo Duni, to whom the Conservatory is dedicated, to Nino Rota, who was the first director of the detached section of the Bari Conservatory and to Raffaele Gervasio, who was the first director of the autonomous Conservatory.

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50 Years of Music
Programme of the day dedicated to Raffaele Gervasio, on 3rd December 2015

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