It really feels like we’re coming to the end. Aldo Clementi, the last of that extraordinary generation of post-war Italian composers that included Luciano Berio, Bruno Maderna and Luigi Nono, has died at the age of 86. As far as I can tell the news hasn’t made it to any of the mainstream English-language media (and may not at all), but the Giornale della musica has the story, as does ClassicalMusic.org.uk.
Update, 27 April 2011: With thanks to commentor John McClean for drawing my attention, here’s Ivan Hewett’s obituary for the Guardian.
There’s a surprising amount of Clementi uploaded to YouTube. Here’s a moving example, 1994’s …Im Himmelreich:
There are also various bits on Spotify and I’ll be adding a couple of tracks in memoriam to the Radio Rambler playlist.