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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 (BS)
Schweiz

Tel: +41 (0)61 302 93 77

www.rdalessandro.ch



Genre: Classical Music
Professional activity: Composers
Biography
* 17. 03. 1911, † 17. 03. 1959.

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)

Instrumentation: for soprano and piano

Manuscript
Daheim, op. 2 (1926)

Instrumentation: for female choir and piano

Manuscript
Rhapsodie, op. 3 (1926)

Instrumentation: for piano and string orchestra

Manuscript
Humoreske (1926)

Instrumentation: for violin with piano accompaniment

Manuscript
Chants sans paroles: Printemps (1926)

Instrumentation: for piano

Manuscript
Humoreske (1927)

Instrumentation: for piano solo

Manuscript
Postludium (1928)

Instrumentation: for organ

Manuscript
Vier Bagatellen, op. 4 (1929-1932)

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Zwei Gesänge, op. 5 (1932)

Instrumentation: for soprano or alto and organ

Duration: 4' 30"
Manuscript
Choral und Toccata, op. 6 (1933)

Instrumentation: for organ

Manuscript
Sinfonietta, op. 7 (1934)

Instrumentation: for orchestra

Manuscript
Symphonie concertante, op. 9 (1935)

Instrumentation: for organ

Manuscript
Concertino, op. 8 (1935-1936)

Instrumentation: for piano and small ochestra

Manuscript
Deux Etudes, op. 10 (1936)

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 3' 30"
Manuscript
Deux Chants Récités, op. 11 (1936)

Instrumentation: for alto and organ

Texts: Armand Godoy

Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Serenade, op. 12 (1936)

Instrumentation: for English horn, string orchestra and timpani

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Scherzino, op. 13 (1936)

Instrumentation: for violin and piano

Duration: 2' 00"
Manuscript
Deux Mélodies, op. 14 (1936)

Instrumentation: for tenor and piano

Verlaine: La lune Blanche - Rilke: La Dormeuse

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Eros, op. 15 (1937)
Four melodic narratives

Instrumentation: for soprano and piano

Texts: Rainer Maria Rilke

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Sonatine no. 1, op. 16 (1937)

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate en un seul mouvement, op. 17 (1937)

Instrumentation: for violoncello and piano

Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Suite gaie, op. 18 (1937)

Instrumentation: for piano and orchestra

Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Sonatine, op. 19 (1937)

Instrumentation: for flute solo

Duration: 7' 00"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
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Récitatif et Valse-impromptu, op. 20 (1938)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for alto and piano

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Improvisation, op. 22 (1938)
Homage to Franz Liszt

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 6' 00"
Manuscript
Cantate, op. 23 (1938)

Instrumentation: for soli, choir and orchestra

Texts: Rainer Maria Rilke

Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Dix rébus à l'usage des jeunes, op. 25 (1938)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for piano and orchestra

Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
3 Études de virtuosité , op. 27 (1939)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for piano (for the left hand only)

Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
A Milosz, op. 29 (1940)
Four narratives

Instrumentation: for voice and piano

Duration: 8' 30"
Manuscript
Rumba Sinfonica, op. 31 (1940)

Instrumentation: for orchestra

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate en un seul mouvement, op. 32 (1940)
Quatuor à cordes Nr. 1

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for paino

Editions Foetisch Frères SA
c/o Hug Musique SA
Grand-Pont 2bis
1003 Lausanne
Schweiz
Divertissement, op. 34 (1941)

Instrumentation: for woodwind quartet and small tambourine

Manuscript
Scherzo, op. 34 (1941)

Instrumentation: for organ

Duration: 4' 00"
Manuscript
Triptyque, op. 35 (1941)
Three preludes and fugues

Instrumentation: for string orchestra

Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Conga sinfonica, op. 36 (1941)

Instrumentation: for orchestra

Duration: 8' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate no. 1 en un seul mouvement, op. 37 (1941)

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate no. 2 en un seul mouvement, op. 38 (1941)

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Sonatine no. 3, op. 39 (1941)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for violin and orchestra

Duration: 17' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate no. 3, op. 40 (1941-1942)

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Thème varié, op. 43 (1942)
14 preludes

Instrumentation: for orchestra

Manuscript
Suite en si mineur, op. 44 (1942)

Instrumentation: for orchestra

Duration: 13' 00"
Manuscript
Préludes et Fugue, op. 45 (1942)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for flute and piano

First version.

Duration: 18' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate, op. 46 (1942)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for flute and orchestra

Duration: 16' 00"
Manuscript
Thème et Variations, op. 48 (1943)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 5' 30"
Gerig
Musikverlag
CH-
Partage de Midi (1943)
Scenic music

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for flute and piano

Duration: 9' 00"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
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Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Nocturne, op. 52 (1945)
Movimento di Habanera

Instrumentation: for chamber orchestra

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Berceuse pour les enfants morts, op. 53 (1945)

Instrumentation: for soprano and string orchestra

Texts: Ventura Gassol

Duration: 3' 30"
Manuscript
Concerto no. 2, op. 54 (1945-1946)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for violoncello solo

Duration: 7' 30"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
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Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
www.amadeusmusic.ch
Huit stances, op. 56 (1946)
Moréas

Instrumentation: for baritone and piano

Duration: 14' 00"
Manuscript
Concerto grosso op. 57 (1946)

Duration: 12' 00"
Manuscript
Trois vocalises, op. 58 (1947)

Instrumentation: for soprano (or tenor) and organ

Duration: 7' 00"
Manuscript
Fantasie, op. 59 (1947)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for male a-cappella choir

Texts: Carl Spitteler

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Kantate, op. 61 (1947)

Instrumentation: for bass and small orchestra

Texts: Georg Trakl

Duration: 21' 00"
Manuscript
Symphonie in ré mineur, op. 62 (1948)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for chamber orchestra

Duration: 15' 00"
Manuscript
Douze Études, op. 66 (1949)

Instrumentation: for piano

Duration: 18' 00"
Editions Foetisch Frères SA
c/o Hug Musique SA
Grand-Pont 2bis
1003 Lausanne
Schweiz
Sonate, op. 67 (1949)

Instrumentation: for oboe and piano

Duration: 14' 00"
Erdmann
Bonn / Wiesbaden
Suite Nr. 2, op. 69 (1950)
Grisonian Suite

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for flute

Duration: ' 50"
Manuscript
Concert Nr. 3, op. 70 (1951)
Quasi una sinfonia

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for orchestra

Duration: 24' 00"
Manuscript
Quatuor à cordes Nr. 2, op. 73 (1953)

Duration: 22' 00"
Manuscript
Sonatina giocosa, op. 6 A (1953)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for flute

Duration: ' 50"
Manuscript
Tänze für Inga, op. 12 A (1955)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for bassoon and string orchestra

Duration: 16' 00"
Amadeus Verlag
Hermannstrasse 7
CH-8400 Winterthur
Schweiz
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Fax +41 (0)52 233 54 01
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Quatre miniatures, op. 8 A (1956)

Instrumentation: for piano (left hand only)

Duration: 5' 00"
Manuscript
Sonate, op. 76 (1957)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: 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)

Instrumentation: for alto flute and piano

Duration: 11' 00"
Manuscript
Concerto, op. 79 (1958)

Instrumentation: 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

Instrumentation: for piano (for the left hand only)

Manuscript
Diskographie
Bibliography
Marretta-Schär, Luise: Raffaele d'Alessandro. Leben und Werk, Amadeus, Winterthur 1979