News 2007

-Another commission for The Manhattan Choral Ensemble's Christmas concert, which this year featured Italian Christmas music. Davide was asked by Thomas Cunningham, MCE's director, to write a version for SATB of the famous Italian carol "Tu scendi dalle stelle".

-Davide just completed writing the music for a wedding. Joanna Goldstein, flute player of the award-winning, Boston-based wind quintet Vento Chiaro and long-time champion of Davide's music, is getting married in the fall. She asked Davide to compose the music for the ceremony. The three pieces (Processional, Interlude, Recessional), in a playful vein, are scored for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon, that is the quintet (obviously minus the flute).

-Davide was invited to be composer in residence at the First International Piccolo Symposium, which was organized by Christine Beard and took place at the University of Nebraska, in Omaha. Internationally-renowned piccolo specialist Nicola Mazzanti gave master classes at the symposium, and in his faculty concert he premiered Davide's "Melma Calma", the work he commissioned and recorded.

-Another project was "Citadel of Softness", a choral work based on a poem by Christina Rossetti. This was a commission from the Manhattan Choral Ensemble (Thomas Commingham, conductor). This commission was part of the Manhattan Choral Ensemble project called "New Music for New York", and was premiered in June.

-Davide's new exciting project is a work called "Archers of Solitude" and it is scored for soprano, clarinet, marimba and large percussion ensemble. The piece is a setting of Wendell Berry's beautiful and moving poems and lasts 20 minutes. Each poem, scored for the trio, is preceded by a prelude for the percussion ensemble, setting the emotional and timbral atmosphere for the text. The piece was commissioned by James Preiss, who teaches percussion at Mannes, with the generous financial backing of private donors. It was written for Tonal Center Trio and the Mannes Percussion Ensemble.