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d'Alessandro Raffaele

(17. 03. 1911 - 17. 03. 1959)

d'Alessandro Raffaele
d'Alessandro Raffaele
Marco Stocco
Bartenheimerstrasse 20
CH-4055 Basel
Schweiz

Tel: +41 (0)61 302 93 77
Internet: www.rdalessandro.ch

Biography
Raffaele d'Alessandro was born the son of an Italian immigrant father and a Grisonian mother in St. Gallen. His higher-than-average musical aptitude was apparent early on but was never encouraged by his parents. He began improvising on the piano at the age of six and took violin lessons at the age of seven.
"I was interested in composition even when I still had a poignant soprano voice (however, in favour of my good name and for the good of music history my compositional precipitations from those days have been well and truly destroyed.)"
He attended the primary and secondary schools in St. Gallen.
Raffaele discontinued his violin lessons and commenced with piano and organ lessons under the tutelage of Victor Schlatter in 1924. He composed chiefly vocal works and performed various concerts in his home-town as a pianist or organist. His wish to dedicate himself to the study of music found little support from his parents. He began as a trainee salesman in the coal industry. Following the death of his father in 1931 Raffaele ceased his traineeship. A friend of his mothers, the Zürich-born organist Ida Zürcher, bore the expenses of his musical studies. He relocated to Zurich in 1932. His theory teachers were Paul Müller and Willy Schuh, he was however very autodidactical when it came to learning. He received his diploma for the piano and organ in 1933.
He became acquainted with the Dutch countess Bylandt-Rechteren who paid for the continuation of his education in Paris from 1934 until 1937. He remained in Paris from 1934 until 1940 where he studied under the tutelage of Marcel Dupré (organ), Paul Roës (piano) and Nadia Boulanger (counterpoint). The Second World War broke out, the Dutch sponsor cancelled her financial support and in March 1940 Raffaele felt forced to leave paris.
Raffaele d'Alessandro relocated to Lausanne. He dedicated much of his time to his compositional work and gave numerous piano and organ concerts, not only in his homeland but also in various European countries. His most important works were created during this phase of his life and were performed in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, England and the United States.
In 1950 he decided to give up composition in favour of playing the organ. As he now only lived from concerts and commissions for compositions he often found himself in financial difficulty. Raffaele d'Alessandro died impoverished on the day of his birth in 1959 as a result of internal bleeding due to the rupture of his aorta.


Work list
Abendlied, op. 1 (1924)
for soprano and piano
Manuscript
Daheim, op. 2 (1926)
for female choir and piano
Manuscript
Rhapsodie, op. 3 (1926)
for piano and string orchestra
Manuscript
Humoreske (1926)
for violin with piano accompaniment
Manuscript
Chants sans paroles: Printemps (1926)
for piano
Manuscript
Humoreske (1927)
for piano solo
Manuscript
Postludium (1928)
for organ
Manuscript
Vier Bagatellen, op. 4 (1929-1932)
for piano
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Zwei Gesänge, op. 5 (1932)
for soprano or alto and organ
Duration: 4' 30"
Manuscript
Choral und Toccata, op. 6 (1933)
for organ
Manuscript
Sinfonietta, op. 7 (1934)
for orchestra
Manuscript
Symphonie concertante, op. 9 (1935)
for organ
Manuscript
Concertino, op. 8 (1935-1936)
for piano and small ochestra
Manuscript
Deux Etudes, op. 10 (1936)
for piano
Duration: 3' 30"
Manuscript
Deux Chants Récités, op. 11 (1936)
for alto and organ
Texts: Armand Godoy
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Serenade, op. 12 (1936)
for English horn, string orchestra and timpani
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Scherzino, op. 13 (1936)
for violin and piano
Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Deux Mélodies, op. 14 (1936)
for tenor and piano
Verlaine: La lune Blanche - Rilke: La Dormeuse
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Eros, op. 15 (1937)
Four melodic narratives
for soprano and piano
Texts: Rainer Maria Rilke
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Sonatine no. 1, op. 16 (1937)
for piano
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate en un seul mouvement, op. 17 (1937)
for violoncello and piano
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Suite gaie, op. 18 (1937)
for piano and orchestra
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Sonatine, op. 19 (1937)
for flute solo
Duration: 7' 00"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)52 233 28 66
Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Récitatif et Valse-impromptu, op. 20 (1938)
for oboe and piano
Duration: 9' 00"
Editions Foetisch Frères SA
c/o Hug Musique SA
Grand-Pont 2bis
1003 Lausanne
Schweiz
Trois chants, op. 21 (1938)
for alto and piano
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Improvisation, op. 22 (1938)
Homage to Franz Liszt
for piano
Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Cantate, op. 23 (1938)
for soli, choir and orchestra
Texts: Rainer Maria Rilke
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Dix rébus à l'usage des jeunes, op. 25 (1938)
for piano
Duration: 8' 00"
Henry Lemoine
24, rue Pigalle
F-75009 Paris
Tel. +33 1 48 74 09 25
Fax +33 1 45 26 74 42
Sonate en un seul mouvement, op. 24 (1939)
for violin and piano
First version of the "Sonate concertante pour violon et piano", op 24 A.
Duration: 18' 00"-19' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate concertante, op. 24 A (1939)
for violin and piano
Second version of the "Sonate en un seul mouvement pour violon et piano" op. 24.
Duration: 8' 00"-9' 00"
Manuscript
Concerto no. 1, op. 26 (1939)
for piano and orchestra
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
3 Études de virtuosité , op. 27 (1939)
for large organ
Duration: 6' 00"
Müller & Schade AG
Moserstr. 16
CH-3014 Bern
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)31 320 26 26
Fax +41 (0)31 320 26 27
musik@mueller-schade.com
www.mueller-schade.com
Sonatine no. 2, op. 28 (1939)
for piano (for the left hand only)
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
A Milosz, op. 29 (1940)
Four narratives
for voice and piano
Duration: 8' 30"
Manuscript
Rumba Sinfonica, op. 31 (1940)
for orchestra
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate en un seul mouvement, op. 32 (1940)
Quatuor à cordes Nr. 1
for string quartet
Duration: 13' 00"
Sordino Ediziuns Musicalas
Via Chischliun 14
CH-7180 Disentis-Mustèr
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)81 947 59 35
Sonate en un seul mouvement, op. 33 (1940)
for piano, violin and violoncello
Duration: 11' 00"
Sordino Ediziuns Musicalas
Via Chischliun 14
CH-7180 Disentis-Mustèr
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)81 947 59 35
Vingt-quatre Préludes, op. 30 (1940-1941)
for paino
Editions Foetisch Frères SA
c/o Hug Musique SA
Grand-Pont 2bis
1003 Lausanne
Schweiz
Divertissement, op. 34 (1941)
for woodwind quartet and small tambourine
Manuscript
Scherzo, op. 34 (1941)
for organ
Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Triptyque, op. 35 (1941)
Three preludes and fugues
for string orchestra
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Conga sinfonica, op. 36 (1941)
for orchestra
Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate no. 1 en un seul mouvement, op. 37 (1941)
for piano
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate no. 2 en un seul mouvement, op. 38 (1941)
for piano
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Sonatine no. 3, op. 39 (1941)
for piano
Duration: 7' 00"
Editions Henn
5-7 rue de l'Ancien-Port
CH-1201 Genève
Suisse
Tel. +41 (0)22 738 91 10
Fax +41 (0)22 738 91 16
sidomusic@sidomusic.com
www.sidomusic.com
Concerto, op. 41 (1941)
for violin and orchestra
Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate no. 3, op. 40 (1941-1942)
for piano
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Thème varié, op. 43 (1942)
14 preludes
for orchestra
Manuscript
Suite en si mineur, op. 44 (1942)
for orchestra
Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Préludes et Fugue, op. 45 (1942)
for organ
Duration: 8' 30"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)52 233 28 66
Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Sonate, op. 46 (1942)
for flute and piano
First version.
Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate, op. 46 (1942)
for flute and piano
Second version.
Duration: 11' 00"
Editions Foetisch Frères SA
c/o Hug Musique SA
Grand-Pont 2bis
1003 Lausanne
Schweiz
Sérénade, op. 1 A (1942)
for flute and piano
This serenade was the fourth movement of the Sonata op. 46 until 1951.
Duration: 5' 00"
Editions Foetisch Frères SA
c/o Hug Musique SA
Grand-Pont 2bis
1003 Lausanne
Schweiz
Concerto, op. 47 (1943)
for flute and orchestra
Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Thème et Variations, op. 48 (1943)
for two pianos
Duration: 15' 00"
Sordino Ediziuns Musicalas
Via Chischliun 14
CH-7180 Disentis-Mustèr
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)81 947 59 35
Quatre Visions, op. 49 (1943)
for piano
Duration: 5' 30"
Gerig
Musikverlag
CH-
Partage de Midi (1943)
Scenic music
for two pianos and percusion
Texts by Paul Claudel.
"Partage de Midi" was changed to "Sonatine pour deux pianos" op. 50 in 1944.
Duration: 13' 00"
Sordino Ediziuns Musicalas
Via Chischliun 14
CH-7180 Disentis-Mustèr
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)81 947 59 35
Sonatine, op. 50 (1943-1944)
for two pianos
Originally "Musique de scène" (scenic music) to "Le partage de Midi" by Paul Claudel, scored for two pianos and percussion.
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Sinfonietta, op. 51 (1944)
for strings, obligatory piano and timbales
Duration: 20' 00"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)52 233 28 66
Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Quatre pièces brèves, op. 42 (1942-1945)
for flute and piano
Duration: 9' 00"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)52 233 28 66
Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Nocturne, op. 52 (1945)
Movimento di Habanera
for chamber orchestra
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Berceuse pour les enfants morts, op. 53 (1945)
for soprano and string orchestra
Texts: Ventura Gassol
Duration: 3' 30"
Manuscript
Concerto no. 2, op. 54 (1945-1946)
for piano and orchestra
Duration: 27' 00"
Editions Foetisch Frères SA
c/o Hug Musique SA
Grand-Pont 2bis
1003 Lausanne
Schweiz
Intermezzo, op. 55 (1946)
for violoncello solo
Duration: 7' 30"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)52 233 28 66
Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Huit stances, op. 56 (1946)
Moréas
for baritone and piano
Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Concerto grosso op. 57 (1946)
Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Trois vocalises, op. 58 (1947)
for soprano (or tenor) and organ
Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Fantasie, op. 59 (1947)
for piano
Duration: 13' 00"
Bote & Bock
Lützowufer 26
D-10787 Berlin
Deutschland
Tel. +49 30 2500130
Fax +49 30 25001399
musikverlag@boosey.com
www.boosey.com
Kleines Divertimento, op. 60 (1947)
for male a-cappella choir
Texts: Carl Spitteler
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Kantate, op. 61 (1947)
for bass and small orchestra
Texts: Georg Trakl
Duration: 21' 00"
Manuscript
Symphonie in ré mineur, op. 62 (1948)
for large orchestra
Duration: 47' 00"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)52 233 28 66
Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Ayrton-Suite, op. 63 (1948)
for flute, oboe, viola and piano
Prélude, Sarabande, Sicilienne, Récitatif, Gigue.
Duration: 14' 00"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)52 233 28 66
Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Suite, op. 64 (1948)
for clarinet solo
Duration: 8' 00"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)52 233 28 66
Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Divertissement, op. 65 (1948)
for chamber orchestra
Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Douze Études, op. 66 (1949)
for piano
Duration: 18' 00"
Editions Foetisch Frères SA
c/o Hug Musique SA
Grand-Pont 2bis
1003 Lausanne
Schweiz
Sonate, op. 67 (1949)
for oboe and piano
Duration: 14' 00"
Erdmann
Bonn / Wiesbaden
Suite Nr. 2, op. 69 (1950)
Grisonian Suite
for orchestra
Duration: 12' 30"
Manuscript
Cadences pour le concerto de flûte en Sol de Mozart (K. 313) (cadences for Mozart's flute concerto in G (K. 313)) (1950)
for flute
Duration: ' 50"
Manuscript
Concert Nr. 3, op. 70 (1951)
Quasi una sinfonia
for piano and orchestra
Duration: 23' 00"
Manuscript
Isla persa, op. 71 (1951)
Ballett-pantomime in 6 scenes
from a Grisonian legend.
Duration: 32' 00"
Manuscript
Introduction et Toccata, op. 2 A (1952)
for piano
Duration: 7' 00"
Editions Foetisch Frères SA
c/o Hug Musique SA
Grand-Pont 2bis
1003 Lausanne
Schweiz
6 contes drolatiques pour enfants, op. 3 A (1952)
for piano
Duration: 4' 00"
Editions Foetisch Frères SA
c/o Hug Musique SA
Grand-Pont 2bis
1003 Lausanne
Schweiz
Symphonie Nr. 2, op. 72 (1953)
for orchestra
Duration: 24' 00"
Manuscript
Quatuor à cordes Nr. 2, op. 73 (1953)
Duration: 22' 00"
Manuscript
Sonatina giocosa, op. 6 A (1953)
for clarinet and piano
Duration: 11' 00"
Sidem
rue de Candolle 11
CH-1205 Genève
Suisse
Tel. +41(0)22 819 08 00
Fax +41 (0)22 819 08 01
Sonatine, op. 7 A (1953)
for oboe solo
Duration: 9' 00"
Sidem
rue de Candolle 11
CH-1205 Genève
Suisse
Tel. +41(0)22 819 08 00
Fax +41 (0)22 819 08 01
Sonate no. 2, op. 9 A (1953)
for violin and piano
Duration: 10' 00"
Manuscript
Cadences pour le concerto de flûte en Sol de Mozart (K. 313) (2. version) (cadences for Mozart's flute concerto in G (K. 313)) (2nd version) (1955)
for flute
Duration: ' 50"
Manuscript
Tänze für Inga, op. 12 A (1955)
for piano
Duration: 6' 00"
Editions Foetisch Frères SA
c/o Hug Musique SA
Grand-Pont 2bis
1003 Lausanne
Schweiz
4 vocalises, op. 74 Nr. 1 (1956)
for mixed a-cappella choir
Duration: 6' 00"
Editions Foetisch Frères SA
c/o Hug Musique SA
Grand-Pont 2bis
1003 Lausanne
Schweiz
5 vocalises, op. 74 Nr. 2 (1956)
for male a-cappella choir
Duration: 8' 00"
Editions Foetisch Frères SA
c/o Hug Musique SA
Grand-Pont 2bis
1003 Lausanne
Schweiz
Concerto, op. 75 (1956)
for bassoon and string orchestra
Duration: 16' 00"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)52 233 28 66
Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Quatre miniatures, op. 8 A (1956)
for piano (left hand only)
Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate, op. 76 (1957)
for bassoon and piano
Duration: 18' 00"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)52 233 28 66
Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Sonatine, op. 77 (1957)
for two flutes
Duration: 6' 30"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)52 233 28 66
Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Tema variato, op. 78 (1957)
for large orchestra
Duration: 16' 00"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
Tel. +41 (0)52 233 28 66
Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Sonate, op. 68 A (1958)
for alto flute and piano
Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Concerto, op. 79 (1958)
for oboe and string orchestra
Duration: 15' 00"
Eulenburg c/o Schott's Söhne
Weihergarten 5
D-55116 Mainz
BRD
Tel. +49 (0)61 312 460
Fax +49 (0)61 312 460
info@schott-music.com
www.schott-musik.de/
6 études, op. 80 (1957-1958)
Homage to Ravel
for piano (for the left hand only)
Manuscript
Diskographie
Bibliography
Marretta-Schär, Luise: Raffaele d'Alessandro. Leben und Werk, Amadeus, Winterthur 1979