FABIO BERTAGNOLLI talks melody and scoring


Fabio, what is your current status with music?

I am currently composing the score for a short film. I have also been writing music for Velvet Green Music, a production music library based in Los Angeles. These days I have received a proposal to write the music for a TV mini-series, and I have some more projects in the horizon for the next coming months.


Cool ! How would you describe your own music, you own style?

Melody for me is really important.

“I often look for passionate and emotional melodies, supported by harmonies that I would describe as tonal,”

but with the introduction of innovative elements and the fusion of different genres. Recently somebody defined my music as “embracing a postmodern aesthetic without separation from the traditional fundamentals.”

Have you won any prize or recognition for your music?

Yes. I won the Honorable Mention Awards at the “Film Scoring Competition at the Indie Gathering International Film Festival” with the score of a trailer, the Bronze Medal at the “Global Music Awards” with “Paradise”, a piece for orchestra. I have been waiting for the results of a couple of other composition competitions in Europe, where I am already in the semifinals. Furthermore I have also placed three other pieces in the semifinals (two) and final (one) of the TMAs !

Way to go… Listening to your Soundcloud, the piano seems to have a central place in your work. Is that correct ? How do you relate to that instrument?

For sure piano has an important role in my music. Piano is my first love, and I am a classical trained pianist.

“This instrument also helps me in my creative process: I often sketch my musical ideas on the piano and then I orchestrate them.”

I am also a trombone player and I love the versatility of this instrument. I know… I am a strange combination of a pianist, a trombonist and a composer.

You worked on two short films. When were involved in the process: only after the film is completed, or before the shooting?

As far as the first film (a documentary), I started working on it in the post production phase. I have been lucky enough to have the complete trust of the director, who gave me a great liberty for the choice of the genre of music, instrumentation, etc. Regarding the second film (a comedy), I have started my collaboration with the director since the beginning. I had the opportunity to read the script before the shooting, so I could start thinking of the music even before seeing any scene of the film.

Who would be the composers you like and that may have influenced your work?

That is a hard question, I like so many composers so different one from each other. If I need to choose some, I would say Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Richard Strauss, Rachmaninov for the concert music. For the film music, I love John Williams (who doesn’t?), James Horner and Thomas Newman.