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Associate Professor of Music Brendan McConville spent the spring semester and summer of 2016 on a Fulbright grant teaching and doing research in Italy. McConville, who teaches music theory and composition, traveled the countryside, researching Italian poet Gabriele D�Annunzio and recording sounds in the local towns.D�Annunzio�s four-part poem “La Pioggia nel Pineto” (“The Rain in the Pine Forest”) inspired McConville to compose a 30-minute four-movement piece for soprano, tenor, piano and live, fixed electronic sounds. The composition premiered to a large audience at the Villa Paris in Roseto degli Abruzzi in Abruzzo.