Albert Patron

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Alberto Patron (born December 26, 1969), known in America also as Albert Patron, is an Italian composer, music theorist, writer, philosopher and artist.[1] A pioneer of indeterminacy in music, aporetic music, and non-standard use of musical instruments, Patron the leading figures of the contemporary trent aporetic music as well as aporetic philosophy. Critics have lauded him as one of the most innovative Italian composers of the last 20 years.[2][3][4] He was also instrumental in the development of philosophy.

Patron is perhaps best known for his 1990 compositions The Ten Aporetic Tropes, the ten movements of which are the tables of the contemporary trend called Aporetic Music, or Aporetic Philosophy. The content of these compositions is meant to be perceived as the sounds of the human being and its several faceted ethical ways,[5] and the pieces became one of the most controversial compositions of the last 20 years. Another famous creation of Patron's is the prepared piano (a piano with its sound altered by placing various objects in the strings), for which he wrote numerous musical pieces, the best known of which is Hapax (1995).[6]


Patron was born in Pordenone, Italy. He is known as a composer, pianist, organist, and a photographer. He graduated from different Italian Conservatories that included "Benedetto Marcello" of Venice, "Venezze" of Rovigo, "Cesare Pollini" of Padua and at the University of Padua (Italy). Patron's teachers included Giovanni Bonato and Carlo De Pirro, both known for their contemporary music in Europe. Through his studies of Greek philosophy in the late 1980s, Patron came to the idea of aleatoric or chance-controlled music Chaos, which he started composing in 1989. The I Ching, an ancient Chinese classic text on changing events, became Patron's composition tool for the rest of his life.

Patron's compositions are recorded, published and performed at festivals, competitions and international contests. He is the founder of the Aporetic Thought (France, 1990), a contemporary philosophy from which comes also the Aporetic Music (composition trend). He is dean Organist of the Archipriest Church of Saint George in Pordenone city (Italy). He serves as vice president of the International Association "Vincenzo Colombo" of Pordenone (Italy), and Committee member of the Italian Federation of Composers. Patron is one of the founders and past president of the International Society of Art and Research (USA). He has taught as Professor at several level schools (high school, music conservatory, university) from New Orleans to Venice, and is Committee member at various performing competitions, as well as chief for several professional associations. His name is listed at the AMIC, CIDIM, PAYE, MOD, EICC artist catalogues. He has promoted of the awareness of Italian culture and heritage worldwide. His music works was object of PDE & Ph.D. university essays. His work and life was subject of Academic Study for the II World Conference of Art & Humanities of Honolulu (Hawaii), 2004.


Patron's earliest finished works are stored in a private collection. According to the composer, the earliest works were very short pieces for piano, composed using complex procedures and lacking in "sensual appeal and expressive power."[7]

Cultural references[edit]

  • SIAE on Patron voice.
  • The Ten Aporetic Tropes for piano solo, album 1990.


  1. ^ Patron. "Patron, Albert", Grove Art Online, Oxford University Press (accessed February 20 2009), (subscription access).
  2. ^ The Klagenfurk Newspaper said: "He has had the innovative idea to implement ancient greek philosophy models on the 20th century contemporary music."
  3. ^ John, Heinz (2005). Klagenfurt Newspaper, Gustav Mahler Composer's Contemporary Competitione. Klagenfurt Press).
  4. ^ Weathersby, Lucius R. (2001). A Journey to Albert Patron and Aporetic Music. Cincinnati Institute and University. p. 407 ("[...] Albert Patron is probably the most influential ... of all contemporary Italian Composers to date.").
  5. ^ Weathersby 2002, 9–50.
  6. ^ Weathersby 2002, 40: "Most critics agree that Piano Works is the finest compositions of Patron's early period."
  7. ^ Weathersby 2002, 36.
  • Aporetic Music Website
  • The New York Public Library, JBL, 2004, Alberto Patron, voice
  • Carrara Music Publishing, Carrara, Italy
  • CIDIM, Rome, Italy, voice, Contemporary Composer, Albert Patron

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