Marco Stroppa

Marco Stroppa (born 8 December 1959, in Verona) is an Italian composer who writes computer music as well as music for instruments with live electronics.


Marco Stroppa studied piano, composition, choral direction and electronic music at the conservatoires of Verona, Milan and Venice. From 1980 to 1984, Stroppa collaborated with the Centro di Sonologia Computazionale of the University of Padua, before moving to the United States, where he continued his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology supported by a grant from the Fulbright Foundation until 1986. At MIT he took courses in cognitive psychology, computer science and artificial intelligence.

At the invitation of Pierre Boulez, Stroppa moved to Paris where he led the department for musical research at Ircam from 1987 until 1990. In 1987, Stroppa founded the composition and computer music course at the International Bartók Festival in Szombathely, Hungary. Following teaching posts at the conservatoires of Lyon and Paris, Stroppa currently is Professor of Composition at the State University of Music and Performing Arts Stuttgart, where he succeeded Helmut Lachenmann in 1999.


Selected works

  • 1982 - 1984 Traiettoria for piano and computer-synthesized tape
  • 1987 Pulsazioni
  • 1987 - 1988 Spirali for string quartet
  • 1993 - 1994 Hiranyaloka for orchestra
  • 1989 - 1998 élet...fogytiglan for ensemble
  • 1994 - 1999 Zwielicht for electronics
  • 1996 - 1999 From Needle's Eye for trombone and ensemble
  • 1991 - 2002 Miniature estrose Vols. 1 & 2 (14 pieces for solo piano)
  • 2010 Let me sing into your ear for amplified basset horn and chamber orchestra


Works RecordedPerformer(s)Year of ReleaseLabel
TraiettoriaPierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Marco Stroppa (sound projection)1992Wergo WER 2030-2
Due Miniature EstrosePierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)1992ADES 202282
HiranyalokaSouthwest German Radio Symphony Orchestra, Michael Gielen (conductor)1994Col Legno WWE 3CD 31882
SpiraliArditti String Quartet, Marco Stroppa (multitrack mixing)1995Auvidis/Montaigne MO 782042
Miniature Estrose, Vol. 1Florian Hölscher (pianoforte)2004Stradivarius STR 33713
Let me sing into your earMichele Marelli (basset horn), Peter Eötvös (conductor), Kammerfilharmonie Hilversum2011NEOS 11114-17


  • Jean-Noel von der Weid, Die Musik des 20. Jahrhunderts, Frankfurt & Leipzig, 2001, p. 729. ISBN 3-458-17068-5

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