Carlotta Ferrari (b. 1975) — Dialogo di San Lorenzo e Santo Stefano (2016) for organ
The composer writes: “Written after a weekend in Firenze, ‘Dialogo di San Lorenzo e Santo Stefano’ depicts the ideal dialogue between the two saints as imagined by Donatello, one of the most visionary artists of the early Renaissance, in his famous plaster relief inside the Sagrestia Vecchia in the church of San Lorenzo. It is a polymodal neo-gothic passacaglia ending with a rearranged Landini cadence, an homage to the great master of counterpoint buried in the same church.”
Carlotta Ferrari (b. 1975) is an Italian composer, organist, singer, and musical therapist. Educated at the Conservatory in Milan, she has composed in many genres. Notable works include the cantata "Giorno d'ira" (2008), written in memory of the victims of terrorism and performed in Como under the auspices of the president of Italy. Her "Operatic Suite on Melodies of Verdi" has been performed around the world by the Bruno-Valcepina piano duet. Ferrari's music appears on several CD recordings, including an all-Ferrari organ CD recorded by Carson Cooman in 2014. She is currently the chair of music composition at Hebei Normal University in Shijiazhuang, China.