Il culto del dio Fujin
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The piece called “Il culto del dio Fujin” (performed in the video by the Italian flutist Benedetta Ballardini) describes the prayer of a pilgrim on a mountain. It is for Fujin, the Japanese wind god.
The piece begins with several references to the element of air, through which you can hear, in brief moments, the voice/presence of the god Fujin (represented by the melodic fragment of Sol-La-Re-Do-La).
When the winds have subsided, the pilgrim begins his prayer towards Fujin, who responds with the melodic fragment previously heard and entrusted to the voice of the performer (like a sort of echo in the wind). The pilgrim becomes more enterprising trying to approach the god with the spirit, sure of having entered into his graces. Fujin rejects him! The winds return and the voice of God among them, angrier than before. The pilgrim finds his own humility and goes back to pray. The second invocation gradually transforms into a new twister that tests him. This time Fujin is convinced by the man’s soul and agrees to rejoin with him.
The piece ends with Fujin’s voice manifesting itself in all its clarity and guiding the pilgrim towards the final destination, that has always been forbidden to him and now is represented by the note MI, never heard during the piece.
After he got a high school diploma with full marks, he graduated in Piano to the Nicola Sala Conservatory and in Composition in the San Pietro a Majella Conservatory. During the latest years, he took part in several composition contests, both national and international, winning awards such as:
- 1st prize and honorable mention at “Città di Albenga” 1st composition contest;
- 1st prize at “Mandanici” 18th and 21st national contest;
- 1st prize at V “A. Falconio” composition competition;
- 1st prize at International composition competition “Franz Schubert Konservatorium” of Wien 2020 edition (category 4);
- 1st Prize at “CMC International composition competition 2020” of Atlanta;
- semifinalist to XIV Open composers competition named after Andrey Petrov of St. Petersburg (Russia).
His music is played in Italy, Germany, Iran, Norway, U.S.A.