The Spooky Music of Dr. Dissonance (Salvatore Sciarrino) to Haunt Boston University in March

Salvatore Sciarrino is a unique and one-of-a-kind composer
by Larry Murray

In terms of unsettling music, like that in a Hollywood horror film or grotesque video game, few can top the downright spookiness of the music by Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino. I call him Il Compositore Dissonante. Just listen to his downright chilling Shadow of Sound above, and tell me if you don’t get goose bumps. Fingers on a blackboard are not nearly as chilling. You can hear this masterwork of the macabre performed live on March 7, at 8 pm, in Boston University’s Tsai Performance Center with the BU Symphony Orchestra under the baton of David Hoose.

And while his music is considered among the most scholarly contemporary work around, there is little question that given the inclination, he could be composing film scores – just as Prokofiev did decades ago – that would be the envy of John Williams and Ennio Morricone.

For those who love this sort of originality, there is a real feast of opportunity coming up in March as the composer is in residence at BU. Here are the details.

Salvatore Sciarrino

Salvatore Sciarrino

The Center for New Music at the Boston University College of Fine Arts welcomes lauded Italian composer of avante-garde classical music, Salvatore Sciarrino, for a three week residency — February 18 – March 2, and March 25–31, 2013.

“Salvatore Sciarrino is one of a handful of truly game-changing composers for the last 100 years,” said Josh Fineberg, Director of the Center for New Music at the College of Fine Arts at Boston University. “He rarely leaves his home in Cittá di Castello, and we feel deeply honored that he has agreed to spend three weeks at the College of Fine arts as the inaugural resident composer for our Center for New Music.”

Sciarrino’s residency includes a concert series with a rich variety of visiting ensembles and composers including [sound icon] and Jack Quartet, as well as Boston University’s Time’s Arrow New Music Ensemble and BU Symphony Orchestra. As part of his residency, Sciarrino will work closely with students, both performers and composers, and engage with artists and students in the Boston area and beyond. In additional to pedagogical events for students and artists, Salvatoe Sciarrino will host three Composer’s Forum Lectures, sharing his music in his own words.

Salvatore Sciarrino

Italian Composer of Avante-Garde Classical Music
Three Week Residency & Concert Series

The Schedule of Events

Feb 26, 8pm
Jack Quartet
Salvatore Sciarino, 7th Quartet
Georg Friedrich Haas, 5th Quartet
Enno Poppe, Tier
Roger Reynolds, not forgotten
Tsai Performance Center

Mar 2, 2pm
Time’s Arrow Ensemble
with BU Chamber Choir
Melincolia for cello and piano
Melincolia for violin and viola
Marsh Chapel

Mar 7, 8pm
BU Symphony Orchestra
David Hoose, conductor
Salvatore Sciarrino, Shadow of Sound
Tsai Performance Center

Composer’s Forum
In His Own Words: A Music Lecture by Salvatore Sciarrino
CFA Concert Hall
Tuesday, February 19, 12:30pm

Tuesday, February 26, 12:30pm
with demonstrations by the Jack Quartet


Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized private research university with more than 30,000 students participating in undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs. BU consists of 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school’s research and teaching mission. The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.


The School of Music at the College of Fine Arts was established in 1872 to combine the intimacy and intensity of conservatory training with a broadly based, traditional liberal arts education at the undergraduate level and intense coursework at the graduate level. The school offers degrees in performance composition and theory, musicology, music education, collaborative piano, historical performance, as well as a certificate program in its Opera Institute, and artist and performance diplomas.

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