Giorgio Pacchioni

Recorder & Ocarina Player, Composer, Ocarina Maker,
Music Teacher, & Pupeteer


Curriculum Vitae

Born in Soliera, Modena, Italy, on July 16th, 1947.

After the normal course of studies at the Conservatory, he has a brief but significant activity as clarinetist. During those years he collaborates with and conducts some vocal groups such as the Chorale "O. Vecchi" of Mirandola, Modena and the Chorale "G. Rossini" of Modena, with whom he produces several concerts.
He plays with several musicians and chamber music groups, performing with a wide number of renaissance and baroque instruments (recorder and transverse flutes, bombarda, crumhorns, cornetto, bass trombone, viola da gamba, lira da gamba, and several percussion instruments).

Currently, he holds the chair of Recorder at the Conservatory "G.B. Martini" of Bologna, Italy.

As a polyhedrical concert performer, he has performed in the most important Italian theatres. He went on tour to many European countries, where he also made recordings for TV and radio broadcasting stations.

His documented activities fall under six headings:
  1. Clarinetist
  2. Performer and conductor of early music
  3. Composer
  4. Teacher of recorder, canto figurato, and historical counterpoint
  5. Performer and composer of folk music
  6. Puppeteer and author of comedies and farces having a traditional Emilian aspect

1. Clarinetist

  • Takes part, as 1st Clarinet, to the group "Musica 70" conducted by A. Gentilucci
  • Bass Clarinet in Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire with Cathy Berberian and Bruno Canino, Lucca, Italy, 1971
  • Collaborates as Clarinet, Small Clarinet and Bass Clarinet player to the Orchestra of the Municipal Theatre of Bologna from 1969 to 1972
  • 1st Clarinet of the ATER Orchestra, 1973

2.Performer and conductor of ancient Music with some journalistic reviews

As Conductor of orchestras and chamber music groups, in addition to the usual concert activity, he has made the following recordings:
  • Il Primo libro de'Balli by Giorgio Mainerio (in CD). PM 03-8036
  • Record enclosed with Instrumental Music during the Renaissance by F.Kemper, ERI RT.7180
  • Amori, Danze e Battaglie del Rinascimento PM 03-7806
Concert Reviews

"... the charming execution of B. Marcello's sonata as performed by Pacchioni was particularly striking: the elegant dimension of the Venetian musicality of the 18th century found a fascinating outcome in the enthralling phrasing of this flutist." -- Resto del Carlino, Sept.27th, 1974

"The instruments of the O. von Wolkenstein group is extremely rich ... The insertion of the Emilian player Pacchioni (how many instruments does he play?) was really successful." -- L'Arena di Verona, Apr.24th, 1975

"... Pacchioni has proved to be, at the moment, one of the best prepared Italian players of recorder, not only for his instinctive musicality, but also for his virtuosic skills, his elegance and rich phrasing. -- L'Unità, March 8th, 1974

3. Composer

His study of renaissance and baroque counterpoint through a consideration of the contemporary sources led him to repeat the creative experiences of well known composers of the past (composing them again in his own hand, following the same technical criteria), including:
  • 110 Canoni & oblighi sopra Ave Maris Stella by F. Soriano
  • Canoni alla mente e contrappunto alla mente according to L.Zacconi
  • Contrappunti con obblighi varii by A.Berardi and L.Zacconi
He also composes works of different type in a neo-baroque style, such as:
  • Psalms, cantatas, fugues and motets using the 18th-century techniques of A.F. Vallotti
  • Instrumental Concerts for recorder, transverse flute and orchestra
  • Numberless sonatas for several instruments (duos, trios and quartets)

4. Teacher of recorder, canto figurato, and historical counterpoint

For several years, he has intensely devoted himself to musicological studies concerning the theory and practice of fenaissance and baroque music. On this subject, he has published essays and works of a didactical/instrumental character, as well as a manual on the composition of fugues in the baroque period according to the techniques of F.A. Vallotti, whose anastatic edition of the well-known Dies Iræ (1756) he also edited for S.P.E.S.

He devoted particular studies to the professional didactics of music and to the study of "historical" compositions, led by the aim of retrieving the didactic techniques of the past for use by present and future professional musicians.

He is the author of several didactic publications, well known in the early music field:
  • Anthology of the various precepts (Ut Orpheus)
  • 28 Preludes for solo Recorder (Ut Orpheus)
  • Canons to the mind and to the Folder, 1st vol. "senza tenor", 2nd vol. "su tenor" (Ut Orpheus)
  • Reconstruction of manuals of diminution (from the works by J. van Eyck, A. Corelli, G.Ph. Telemann, (Ut Orpheus)
  • Instrumental counterpoints for 1, 2, and 3 flutes, on Ground Basses (Ut Orpheus)
  • Didactical Duets, 2 vols (Ut Orpheus)
  • Moreover, he teaches Canto Figurato and Historical Counterpoint at the courses of ancient music "Antiqua Musica" organized by the Musical Cultural Centre "Niccoló Vicentino", with the collaboration of the Veneto Region, of the European Economic Community (European Social Fund) and of the Italian Ministry of Labour.

    He is one of the leading figures among the performers of and the researchers on the composer A.F. Vallotti (1697-1780) whose compositional precepts he aims to champion in our century by means of his own activity both as a teacher of historical counterpoint and as conductor of vocal and instrumental groups specialized in reproducing Vallotti's sacred music. The latter groups include the Baroque Orchestra of Bologna and the Vocal Ensemble Michelangelo, with whom he has recently produced several concerts of relevant works by Vallotti, such as Dies Iræ 1756) and Gloria in D major (1749).

    5. Performer and composer of folk music

    His musical experiences have included also the production and the performance of folk compositions in the Po River Valley idiom..

    Together with the group I boun e i strapazzoun (with several instruments) he recorded:

  • A cassette with his own compositions Mandolinata a Forlimpopoli, Elytra 9036
  • A cassette with Po River Valley Historical Balls and with his own original compositions "Balli saltati emiliani, ballo liscio romagnolo" Elytra 9034
  • A multi-tracked cassette (featuring his own playing on 5 ocarinas) "Balli saltati emiliani" Elytra 9033
  • A CD with the Ensemble Novecento (7 ocarinas) entitled Il Grillo, with original excerpts for Concerto di Ocarine and with his own original compositions, NT 6725
  • 6. Puppeteer and author of comedies and farces having a traditional Emilian aspect

    Last but not the least, he had a long association (1984-1995) of the Emilian traditional puppet theatre Sandrone's Theatre, with whom he has been producing many performances of comedies and farces taken from the historical repertoire for Emilian puppets, amongst them:
  • Sandrone, A Rare Bird (1984)
  • Faggiolino, The Barber of the Dead (1985)
  • Sandrone The Ass (1986)
  • Faggiolino, Hired Assassin by Force (1987)
  • Sandrone, Coming Back from the Spas of Salsomaggiore (1988)
  • Faggiolino, The Rival (1989)
  • The Vengeance of Morgan le Fay (1990)
  • Pinocchio in Hell (1991)
  • The Three Bravos on Trial (1992)
  • Faggiolino, A Doctor by Force (1993)
  • The Comedians on Trial (1994)

  • Contact Details

    Giorgio Pacchioni
    via J. Ambrosioni
    49 - 47023 Cesena
    telefax: +39 547-27526

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    Last updated 29 April 1996