ALESSANDRA SALVATI was born in Italy where she trained as a pianist and composer with Composition and Piano Diplomas earned in Italian Conservatories. She holds a Doctorate in Music Composition completed at the University of Miami. In the US, she was the winner of The American Prize 2013 in Composition as well as the University of Miami’s Concerto Competition twice in the history of this Prize. Her music has been commissioned and performed by various prestigious ensembles in Israel, Italy and Miami. She has collaborated with the San Carlo Opera House in the revision and modernization of 18th-century manuscripts. As an educator, she was Master Teacher in the National Young Arts Foundation in the US.

ALESSANDRA SALVATI

Composer-Fellow 

"Aning Ginto" Awardee

Hudhud

PROGRAM NOTES

In 1995, UNESCO placed the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras in the list of World Heritage sites, describing the terraces as “a living cultural landscape of unparalleled beauty.” This work was inspired by a study of the Ifugao culture and tradition, in particular the tunes and rhythms that accompany dances and rituals, and the ancient collection of chants known as Hudhud.

 

Three main sections can be identified in the score. The first starts with the main theme (double basses and trombone), derived from Hudhud chants, and slowly opens up as in a process of gradual discovery and amazement at the beauty of the sites. The second part proposes a more dramatic sonic landscape and concludes with an area of suspension of time, characterized by the use of string harmonics. The following section draws inspiration from the excited and vigorous rhythmic ostinatos that characterize Ifugao dances. After reaching a tutti fortissimo through a big crescendo, the work returns to the initial atmosphere.

 

This score pays homage to the heritage of the Ifugao people through an implicit narrative that runs through its most joyful features but also expresses some of its obscure and secret aspects, as old as time itself.