Paolo Ugoletti (b. 7 June 1956, Brescia, Italy) is an Italian composer.
He began his musical studies under the guidance of his mother and later continued at the Conservatory Brescia. In 1979 he attended Franco Donatoni’s composition courses at Accademia Chigiana. He began teaching composition at the Conservatory of Pesaro, then he moved to Bologna and Parma Conservatories. In 1987 he was composer in residence at University of California – Santa Cruz University, where he became familiar with the music of Lou Harrison, Arvo Pärt, John Adams and Keith Jarrett. Since 1989, he has been teacher and faculty member at the Luca Marenzio Conservatory in Brescia.
A long and fruitful co-operation with the Umbrian Music Festival resulted in several commissions. From these collaborations, the Missa Solemnis Resurrectionis, a work by several different composers, emerged. Ugoletti was requested to compose the “Gloria” written for tenor, choir and orchestra and the work was premiered in Rome during the Youth World Council Jubilee 2000. He was also commissioned to complete the “Lacrymosa” and “Amen” of Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor K. 626.
In the 1990s he began studying traditional Irish music. The strength and warmth of that music is the inspiration for many of his works, especially those related to ancient Irish texts. In 1998-1999 he produced two sets of preludes for solo piano: Terra di confini (Borderland) and La fonte nascosta (The secret spring). Starting in 2000 he composed works for solos, choir and orchestra including instruments from different musical genres such as Uillean pipes, tin whistle, Celtic harp, electric guitar, electric bass, electric keyboards and drums. Since 2003, his collaboration with the painter Rinaldo Turati resulted in sound tracks the exhibitions.
Paolo Ugoletti has no publisher and he is independent of any compositional “school.” He loves every way of expression without prejudice. He currently lives and works in Nave, just northeast of Brescia.
Works for Winds
- Concerto for Soprano Saxophone and Wind Ensemble
- James Ensor's Harmonium (2017)
- Smart Bell
- Heritage Encyclopedia of Band Music. "Paolo Ugoletti." Accessed 13 March 2018
- "Paolo Ugoletti." Composition Today. Web. Accessed 15 March 2018
- Paolo Ugoletti, Wikipedia Accessed 15 March 2018
- State University of New York, Potsdam, Crane Wind Ensemble concert program, 15 March 2018