In December of 2019, Salvatore Di Vittorio was invited by The Morgan Library & Museum’s world-renowned music archive to donate the autograph manuscripts and accompanying materials of his compositional completion of Ottorino Respighi’s first Violin Concerto (in A Major) and his orchestration completion of Respighi’s Tre Liriche for mezzo-soprano and orchestra – two of the works entrusted to the Maestro in 2008 by Respighi’s great nieces Elsa and Gloria Pizzoli and Respighi archive curator/cataloger Potito Pedarra. This follows when in 2016, Di Vittorio was invited by the Morgan Museum to donate the autograph manuscript of his composition La Villa d’Este a Tivoli. The Violin Concerto continues to be championed internationally by numerous violinists, and Chamber Orchestra of New York will record the Tre Liriche for Naxos Records later this season. For more about The Morgan, visit: themorgan.org
Photos: Assistant Curator of Music Manuscripts and Printed Music (Morgan Museum) Robinson McClellan, with Salvatore Di Vittorio
Di Vittorio recently published his Ballo delle Muse (Dance of the Muses) for violin and orchestra, a work derived from the first movement of his new Sinfonia N. 4 “Metamorfosi” (Symphony No. 4 “Metamorphoses”) which was recently recorded in an album of his orchestral works for Naxos Records. The Ballo is a lively, spagnola-type waltz with a playful and festive, gypsy-like violin solo and serves also as a showcase piece promoting the full length symphony. Plans are now underway for the world premiere of Di Vittorio’s Fourth Symphony in Europe. More soon!
Ignazio Bilella photographed Maestro Salvatore Di Vittorio during late summer of 2019 in a rare photo shoot in Sicily, Italy – the first portrait photos in over a decade. The photos were taken at the Maestro’s family home in the province of Palermo, and at the sea nearby, as well as at the ancient temple and theater of the architectural site of Segesta. To view the photos, visit: https://salvatoredivittorio.com/portrait-photos/
Photo credit: Ignazio Bilella
In June 2019, Salvatore Di Vittorio recorded two albums with the Chamber Orchestra of New York for Naxos Records: Ottorino Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances No. 1-3 and the second Violin Concerto “all’Antica” in its first printed edition under Casa Ricordi and the world premiere recordings of Di Vittorio’s most recent premiered orchestral works – including his new Sinfonia N. 4 “Metamorfosi” (Metamorphoses), his most important work to date.
Stay tuned for the release dates of both albums!