Hello everybody, I'm Claudio, 51, and I live in Rome, Italy.
Actually, as a composer I am only an amateur; to live I am a project manager (if you wish to know more about it, please visit my LinkedIn profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/cangeletti/).
Always passionate about the great german-austrian composers of the 18th and 19th century, notably Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Wagner and R. Strauss, I have never studied music seriously, my only official music training being a year spent in the Conservatorio di S. Cecilia, in 1986, as a student of singing (baritone), before getting bored with the local, old fashioned way of teaching.
In 1996 a friend of mine showed me a composing software, Cakewalk. I was definitely bewithced by it: immediately music started spreading out by itself from my mind. My first works were a 4 movements classical symphony, a 4 movements piano sonata - both works including a fugue - a symphonic poem and some other orchestral and piano works. I used Finale for notation and a Roland JV 1080 expander to perform my works.
That was a very important moment for me. The awareness to be able to compose has completely changed my way to go through life, turning a basically lazy guy in a working machine.
My music worked in some way, but of course it was poorly written. I only knew solfeggio and some (often wrong!) info about the orchestral instruments, and my almost complete lack of composition tecnique resulted in scores that had nothing else than notes and dynamic indications on: no bowing, wrong instruments ranges etc.
In 2001-2003 I wrote three signature tunes for an important national TV program, this is the only time I composed as a job.
After that I spent almost ten years without writing a single note, I didn't feel the need to do it.
In 2010 I randomly met a Danish composer, Karl Aage Rasmussen, who accepted to teach me the fundamentals of orchestration in some sporadic lessons until 2013. I'm very grateful to him. During that period I orchestrated a couple of Albeniz piano works and, as a bet, wrote a fugue without counterpoint, which is the only work of mine which has been live performed (in a private house in California, without me!), all my works being composed and played using Finale and, from 2010, Sibelius 6.
Recently I decided to re-orchestrate my 1996 symphony. I have no idea whether it will ever be played, but my big baby deserves to be executable anyway.
Besides my lack of preparation, the other weird thing of my being a composer is that I don't have composer friends, besides Karl. Then yesterday I googled "composers forum", found you and now I'm here.
As I understand how to do it, I will upload some music of mine. I expect to receive a lot of critics and therefore to learn a lot of things from you. :)
Thank you for accepting me in this community.