Michele Novaro, a musician from Genoa, wrote the score of the national anthem "Fratelli d'Italia" in Turin in November 1847. He was a friend of Goffredo Mameli, also from Genoa, who had sent him the manuscript to set to music. Novaro died in poverty and is buried next to Mazzini in the Staglieno cemetery in Genoa. The national anthem, commonly known as the "Inno di Mameli", doesn't do justice to another great protagonist of the Risorgimento, defined as "the patriot with the score". For this reason together with the Associazione Mendelssohn we have set up a three-year prize for young composers, to be held in Turin, Florence and Rome. The presentation of the initiative gained the patronage of the Chamber of Deputies. The aim is to award a prize to a composition on the identity of Italy today; a way to sustain music, as well as young composers, and to remember Michele Novaro.
In collaboration with Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.
Chairman of the Jury: Ennio Morricone
A new composition competition dedicated to the composer of the Italian National Anthem is launched for young musicians, centered on the identity and spirit of our country.
Michele Novaro (1818-1885) was the composer who, at the age of 29, wrote the music for the Italian National Anthem on a text by Mameli. The competition aims to stimulate composers to create “works” able to reflect on Italian identity and culture. The project will include three editions, based in the three cities which were capital cities of Italy: Turin (2016), Florence (2017), Rome (2018).
The Competition is open to composers of all nationalities, who on 20 October 2018 are still under the age of 40. Candidates must submit to the jury a composition for ensemble, lasting between 7 and 10 minutes, which is freely inspired by a specific "Italian work of art", in the field of painting, sculpture or architecture. The title of the work of art to which the composition is inspired will be declared in the score. The ensemble will have to be from 5 to 10 instruments per ensemble, chosen from the following (one performer per instrument, except for the violin, of which 2 performers are available): flute (or piccolo), oboe, clarinet (in B flat or in A), bassoon, percussion (chosen from the following: vibraphone, marimba, tamtam, bongo, gran cassa, cymbals), piano, violin, viola, cello.