F. Giuseppe Magrino

OFM conv Presidente


Friar Minor Conventual, he studied music with maestros Wolfango Dalla Vecchia for the organ and Luigia Rossi Molinari for the piano. He became a Gregorian chant master and choir conductor at the Pontifical Ambrosian Institute of Sacred Music of Milan where he studied with L. Migliavacca, L. Molfino, A. Turco and V. Donella. He also attended various specialist courses on chorus conducting. His sacred music production includes: Masses, motets, hymns and various liturgical works with organ accompaniment or orchestra. As for his instrumental production, worth noting is a concert for organ, one for bassoon and one for soprano and orchestra, “Concerto per Maria”, as well as a symphony for strings and percussion and various pieces of piano and chamber music. Also worth noting is his “Sonatina per Assisi” for piano, played for the first time in Winterthur’s Statdt-haus in Switzerland and the current TV signature tune of the Sunday Eucharist on RaiUno from the symphonic poem “The poverty of Francis”. He wrote compositions for orchestras, including two oratories: “Antonio di Padova” and “Le stigmate di San Francesco”; the cantatas “La Samaritana al pozzo”, “L’annunciazione di Cristo”, “Quale gioia quando mi dissero”, “Il roveto ardente”; the symphonic poem “Fides et ratio”; “La povertà di Francesco”, and the variations for choir and orchestra on the theme of the film “Brother Sun, Sister Moon”. As for theatre, he wrote the music for the play “Fili di Soli” based on lyrics by Paul Celan and directed by Doris Merz. Among the various commitments and concerts held in Italy and abroad (Spain, Germany, Switzerland, Malta, Poland, Ukraine, Romania and Turkey) with the Chapel Choir of the Papal Basilica of St. Francis, worth mentioning is the invitation to offer his services in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome before His Holiness Pope John Paul II for the Jubilee for Artists (18 February 2000). He published works for the Casa Editrice Francescana and Carrara publishing houses and recorded CDs with various record labels. He is the current director of the Chapel Choir of the Papal Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi.


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