The introspective sound of Ludovico Einaudi

Pianist and composer Ludovico Einaudi was born on 1955 in Turin, Italy. His music is mainly contemporary classical, with elements derived from popular music, and has been described as minimalist, ambient, introspective and meditative. He has released several albums and has composed music for ballet, opera and films.

The album Le onde (1996) was his first real work as a soloist, where Einaudi performed a cycle of ballades on piano, inspired by Virginia Woolf's novel The Waves. Some pieces from this album were included in the movie Aprile (1998) by Nanni Moretti.

In Eden Roc (1999) Einaudi shows some of his popular roots, collaborating with the Armenian Djivan Gasparijan, a past master of the duduk (a kind of small oboe).

I Giorni (2001) is a solo piano album inspired by Einaudi's travels in Africa.

Una Mattina (2004) was recorded for piano and cello.

In 2006 Einaudi released Divenire, for piano and orchestra. This album includes the popular track Primavera.

Nightbook (2009) was made with piano and synthesized sounds.

In A Time Lapse (2013) has just been released and is his latest work. On Saturday the 19th of January 2013 at 9pm (Rome GTM) Einaudi played from his home some of the music from this new album:

More information on Ludovico Einaudi on his website:

If you liked this article you may wish to read my series on minimalist music: American minimalist musicEuropean music connected with minimalism and Precursors of minimalist music.

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