Carlotta Ferrari (b. 1975) — Benedictus (Rapsodia per organo dopo il terremoto di Norcia) (2016)
The composer writes: “Benedictus (Rapsodia per organo dopo il terremoto di Norcia) (2016) is dedicated to Saint Benedict and to the Benedictine monastery collapsed in Norcia, Italy during the 2016 earthquake. It is a rhapsody on a RPS mode, with different sections depicting fear and distress, but also hope for the future of this little town full of spirituality: actually the birthplace of Benedict and the idea itself of monastic life; an idea, it could be argued, that was crucially significant in the greatness of Europe. In the middle of the piece, the bells of the monastery—and of hope—sound loudly.”
Carlotta Ferrari (b. 1975) is an Italian composer. Educated at the Conservatory in Milan, she has composed in many genres, developing a personal language that is concerned with the blend of past and present. Her compositions have been performed frequently around the world. Ferrari’s music appears on several CD recordings, including four all-Ferrari organ CDs: three recorded by Carson Cooman (2014/16) and another by Peter Clark (2015). She served as chair of music composition at Hebei Normal University in Shijiazhuang, China and is currently professor of music composition at the European School of Economics in Florence, Italy.