Fausto Romitelli

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Fausto Romitelli (2000)

Fausto Romitelli (1 February 1963 – 27 June 2004) was an Italian composer.

Life and career

Romitelli was born on 1 February 1963 in Gorizia. He studied composition at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and subsequently took part in courses at the Accademia Chigiana di Siena with Franco Donatoni and at the Scuola Civica di Milano. He moved to Paris in 1991, where he became a student of Hugues Dufourt and Gérard Grisey. From 1993 to 1995 he was compositeur en recherche at IRCAM.

Romitelli achieved successes in numerous European competitions and his music has been performed at festivals such as the Festival d’Automne (Paris), Musica nova Helsinki, Steirischer Herbst (Graz), Venice Biennale and the Darmstädter Ferienkurse. His visionary video opera An Index of Metals (2003) was awarded the Franco Abbiati Prize of Italian music critics in 2004.

He died aged 41 on 27 June 2004 in Milan following a long battle with cancer.



  • Dia Nykta for solo flute, 1982
  • Solare for solo guitar, 1983
  • Furit aestus for soprano and instrumental quintet, 1985
  • Ganimede for solo viola, 1986
  • Have your trip for harp, guitar and mandolin, 1988–89
  • for 14 performers, 1989


  • Nell'alto dei giorni immobili for 6 performers, 1990
  • Natura morta con fiamme for string quartet and electronics, 1991
  • La Lune et les eaux for 2 guitars, 1991
  • La sabbia del tempo for 6 performers, 1991
  • Mediterraneo - I. Les idoles du soleil for ensemble, 1992
  • Mediterraneo - II. L'azur des déserts for voice and 14 instruments, 1992–93
  • Your time is over for cello and ensemble, 1993
  • Golfi d'ombra for solo percussion, 1993
  • Acid Dreams and Spanish Queens for ensemble, 1994
  • Seascape for contrabass recorder, 1994
  • EnTrance for soprano, ensemble and electronics, 1995
  • Domeniche alla periferia dell'impero. Prima domenica for 4 instruments, 1995–96
  • Cupio Dissolvi for 14 performers, 1996
  • The Nameless City for strings and bells ad libitum, 1997
  • Lost for voice and 15 instruments, 1997
  • Music for László Moholy-Nagy's film Ein Lichtspiel, schwarz-weiss-grau for recorder, double bass, guitar, percussion and piano, 1997
  • Professor Bad Trip: Lesson I for 8 performers and electronics, 1998
  • Professor Bad Trip: Lesson II for ensemble, 1998–99
  • The Poppy in the Cloud for choir and ensemble, 1999


  • Professor Bad Trip: Lesson III for ensemble, 2000
  • Blood on the Floor, Painting 1986 for ensemble, 2000
  • Domeniche alla periferia dell'impero. Seconda domenica: hommage à Gérard Grisey for 4 instruments, 2000
  • Flowing down too slow for string orchestra, percussion and bells, 2001
  • Amok Koma for ensemble and electronics, 2001
  • Chorus for percussionists, 2001
  • Trash TV Trance for electric guitar, 2002
  • An Index of Metals, video opera for soprano, ensemble, multiple projections and electronics (Text: Kenka Lekovich, Video: Paolo Pachini, Leonardo Romoli, 2003
  • Dead City Radio Audiodrome for orchestra, 2003
  • Green, Yellow and Blue for ensemble, 2003


  • Fausto Romitelli, Cupio dissolvi, Ensemble Phoenix Basel, MGB, 2008, (with works by Jim Grimm, Beat Furrer, Jorge Sanchez-Chiong and Alex Buess), MGB 110.
  • Fausto Romitelli, Audiodrome [orchestral works] : Dead City Radio. Audiodrome ; EnTrance ; Flowing Down Too Slow ; The Nameless City, Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI with Peter Rundel, Stradivarius, 2005, STR33723.
  • Fausto Romitelli, Paolo Pachini, An Index of Metals, Ictus Ensemble with Georges-Elie Octors (conductor) and Donatienne Michel-Dansac (soprano), Cyprès, 2003.
  • Fausto Romitelli, Professor Bad Trip, Ictus Ensemble, Cyprès, 2003.
  • Fausto Romitelli, The Nameless City, Musiques Nouvelles, Jean-Paul Dessy, Cyprès, 2012.
  • Fausto Romitelli, Anamorphosis, Talea Ensemble, Tzadik, 2012.
  • Fausto Romitelli Nell'alto dei giorni immobili & remixes, Zagros. Remixes by Diego Capoccitti, Neil Kaczor, Andrea Mancianti and WK569, altremusiche.it / Sincronie, 2012, am002.