Urbino Musica Antica 2022

Maurizio Croci

/// Organ

Period: 21th - 25th July

Il corso è dedicato a tutti gli organisti o tastieristi che vogliono conoscere o approfondire la pratica del repertorio organistico italiano tra Cinque e Seicento su strumenti storici.
Il corso prevede un approfondimento particolare sull’opera di Andrea Gabrieli e sui Fiori Musicali di Girolamo Frescobaldi.

Maurizio Croci
Photo ©Alberto Bortoluzzi

Repertoire

Libera scelta tra opere italiane del Cinque-Seicento da comunicare prima del corso. Negli approfondimenti verranno esaminate in particolare le opere sottoelencate.

Andrea GABRIELI: Toccata del IX tono, Intonazione del I tono, Ricercari ariosi; Canzon detta Qui la dira, Canzon Ariosa, Canzona Martin Menoit, Ricercare Martin Menoit, Pass’e mezzo; Fantasia allegra, Ricercare del I tono (Libro Terzo).

Girolamo FRESCOBALDI, Fiori Musicali (1635)

Instruments

  • Oratorio di S. Andrea, organo di autore anonimo (inizio XVII sec.)
  • Oratorio di San Giuseppe, organo S. Vici (1782)
  • Oratorio di San Giuseppe, organo di autore anonimo (fine XVII sec.)
  • Clavicembalo rinascimentale copia da Domenico da Pesaro 1533 (Andrea Restelli 2020)

The teacher

Maurizio Croci is an internationally renowned concert organist, Organ Professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique Vaud-Valais-Fribourg (HEMU). 

Prize-Winner of the “Paul Hofhaimer” International Competition in Innsbruck, Maurizio Croci has been invited to play throughout Europe, Russia and Japan including concerts in Mariinsky Theater in St-Petersburg, Musashino Concert Hall in Tokyo and in festivals such Toulouse les Orgues, Organ Festival Holland, Festival Internazionale di Magadino, Madeira Organ Festival and Milano Arte Musica. 

Committed to early music repertoire, he has performed on many European historical organs including those in Innsbruck, Alkmaar, Freiberg, Amsterdam, Bologna, Roskilde, Lisboa, Naumburg and Salamanca. In 2000, he performed in Bern J.S. Bach’s complete organ works.

Maurizio Croci’s compact disc recordings featuring Italian and German Renaissance and Baroque music, Soler’s Conciertos for two organs (with Pieter van Dijk) and works by J.S. Bach , were praised by the international critics. His last Bach organ and harpsichord recording “Bach Mirrored” received in 2017 the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik”.

Maurizio Croci founded the ensemble Il Pegaso in 2012, a versatile group formed by early music successful specialists.The debut recording, featuring the first modern execution of newly discovered compositions of Monteverdi and Frescobaldi, has been internationally appreciated and rewarded. The most recent project “Travestimenti” focused on rare contrafacta and intabulations of Monteverdi music.

Since 2005 he has been Organ Professor at the Haute Ecole de Musique Vaud-Valais-Fribourg (HEMU, Switzerland) and, since 2004, Harpsichord Professor at the Scuola Civica in Milan. Maurizio has been invited to give master classes throughout Europe, Russia and Japan and has served on jurys of international competitions, including St Albans International Organ Competition, International Organ Competition “Xavier Darasse” in Toulouse, International Schnitger Organ Competition in Alkmaar, Internationaler Orgelwettbewerb “Orgelstadt Lansberg”, Grand Prix ECHO in Freiberg and Treviso, International Harpsichord Competition “City of Milan”, Pistoia International Organ Competition and the International Composition Award for the Six Historic Organs of Mafra. 

Maurizio Croci studied Organ and Harpsichord in Conservatories of Milano and Trento and continued at the Schola Cantorum in Basel with Jean-Claude Zehnder and Andrea Marcon. He graduated in Musicology at Fribourg University with Prof. Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini.

He is a member of the Council of Artistic Directors of European Cities of Historic Organs (ECHO) and the Artistic Director of the Festival International d’Orgue de Fribourg (Switzerland) and of the international early music festival Milano Arte Musica.