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Program note: Jesmond Grixti's "Three Bagatelles"

  • © Jesmond Grixti
  • Source: Produced for and provided by Melbourne Composer's League

Composer Jesmond Grixti (b. 1969, Malta) commenced his studies with Carmelo Pace
(1985-1993). FLCM studies with Michael Regan led to a BMus (Hons) with Thames Valley
University. An Italian government scholarship award enabled study (1995-99) with
Franco Donatoni (Siena & Biella); Mauro Bonifacio and Emilio Pomarico (Milan). In
Australia, Grixti pursued post-graduate studies at The University of Melbourne with
Brenton Broadstock, attaining a MMus (2002) and PhD (2006). As a visiting scholar
(2007) he worked with Don Freud at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University
USA, addressing seminars at this institution and the University of Louisville. Major
commissions include The Maltese Australian Chamber of Commerce and Australian High
Commission, Malta; National Orchestra of Malta; Maltese High Commission, Canberra;
National Multicultural Festival, Canberra; CHOGM – The Commonwealth Resounds!
Festival and The Commonwealth People’s Forum (Malta 2005 & Uganda 2007).
Publication of Grixti’s music includes ‘Hoy’ on the MPS (UK) and ‘Rear Vision’ on the
MCL (Australia) label.


Performances of his music have occurred in Australia, England, Malta, Italy, Japan, Uganda, Kenya, and America. Currently in Kenya, he is working on a commission from the Nairobi Orchestra to celebrate its 60th anniversary and is also collaborating with the Music Department of Makumira University College, Tanzania.

Website: www.jesgrixti.com

These three bagatelles form part of musica dopo cena (music after dinner) series: Il
Tramonto (Sunset); Il Divertimento (The Divertimento) and La Serenata (The
Serenade) were commissioned and premiered by New Zealander guitarist John Couch
during his Australian 2007 NSW regional tour. The concept behind these
compositions is to produce highbrow virtuoso guitar music whilst being accessible to
the audience. The title of each piece sets the scene and mood. The composer aims an
enjoyable and relaxing evening with the air potent with his bagatelles served with fine
cheese, wine and the aroma of rich coffee. Technically bagatelles are short completed
works. The three bagatelles for guitar present the performer with crisp and articulated
passages, idiomatic guitar writing and room for interpretation.


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