Carlotta Ferrari (b. 1975) — La salita al Mirteto (2016) for organ
The title of this work in English is “The Climb to Mirteto,” and it is subtitled “Meditazione al santuario di Nostra Signora del Mirteto di Ortonovo.” It is inspired by the Shrine of Our Lady of Mirteto, a 16th century shrine at Ortonovo in the Liguria region of Italy. The composer writes: “The piece is polymodal; built on three different modal scales, it represents the relationship between nature, art, and humankind, which is the connecting element. All three elements share the presence of divine inspiration. The white marbles of the sanctuary, shaped in soft waves, along with the colors of the surrounding nature and the sky, invite to meditation.”
Carlotta Ferrari (b. 1975) is an Italian composer, organist, singer, and musical therapist. Educated at the Conservatory in Milan, she has composed in many genres. Notable works include the cantata "Giorno d'ira" (2008), written in memory of the victims of terrorism and performed in Como under the auspices of the president of Italy. Her "Operatic Suite on Melodies of Verdi" has been performed around the world by the Bruno-Valcepina piano duet. Ferrari's music appears on several CD recordings, including an all-Ferrari organ CD recorded by Carson Cooman in 2014. She is currently the chair of music composition at Hebei Normal University in Shijiazhuang, China.