top of page
  • Writer's pictureProfiles in Catholicism

An Interview with Alessandro Bianchi



Gordon: Where did you study music and what was favorite course, and why was it your favorite?


Alessandro: I studied Organ and Composition in Piacenza Conservatoire and my favorite lessons were the organ ones, my teacher was Luigi Toja, a very needy professor!


Gordon: What musical instruments do you play?


Alessandro: Actually I play just the organ but formerly I studied piano too, organ was my favorite from the beginning so playing the piano for me wasn’t so good but it was necessary.


Gordon: Where is your current assignment and what are your primary responsibilities?


Alessandro: I'm organist at The Anglican Church of Saint Edward the Confessor in Lugano (Switzerland) every Sunday (when I’m not travelling for concerts) I plan Hymns and organ music for the Service, unfortunately we haven’t a choir there.


Gordon: What impact has the Covid-19 pandemic had upon your work?


Alessandro: It was a disaster since I've lost about 200 recitals over all the world. Also the church was closed for 3 months so for me it was possible to play only at home but anyway, I practice every day and I learnt a lot of new pieces.

Gordon: Who is your favorite composer and what composition that he wrote is your favorite?

Alessandro: This is a very difficult question, I love JS Bach and Cesar Franck and many others like Marcel Duprè, Olivier Messiaen etc.. One of my favorite pieces by Bach is the monumental Passacaglia.


Gordon: What is your favorite religious hymn and why it your favorite?


Alessandro: I like very much the Hymn "Praise my Soul the King of Heaven" (I also commissioned an organ piece on this Hymn, a Suite composed by Grimoaldo Macchia) I love the melody and the power of the words.

Gordon: What impact has your faith had upon your work?


Alessandro: It's a strong impact and the music helps me to pray better, one of my aims when I play in a Church is to guide people towards God with my music, I remember about 15 years ago, I was in Stockholm for a recital and I was practicing on the organ. When I came down from the staircase, I found a paper on the organ door with those words: "Today I came in a church after many years and I listened to the organ and I found God again. Thank you". After long time, I have still this paper and to read it give me a great joy.


Gordon: Thank you for a great interview.

Recent Posts

See All

Cannabis

Medical Journal Articles Cannabis Use Linked to Elevated Myocardial Infarction and Stroke Risk by Samantha Anderer JAMA March 15, 2024

Myotonic Dystrophy

Medical Journal Articles Diagnosis and Management of Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 by Julia Hartman, BS, Tejal Patki, BS, and Nicholas E. Johnson, MD, Msc JAMA March 11, 2024

コメント


bottom of page