Battistelli and Francesconi - Milan (Cremona), 8 (9) March

The MusicAcross festival, together with Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, has commissioned Giorgio Battistelli and Luca Francesconi to write two new pieces that will be performed on 8th March at Teatro Dal Verme in Milan (and on 9th at the Ponchielli in Cremona).
When Mar 08, 2010 03:40 PM to
Mar 09, 2010 03:40 PM
Where Milan and Cremona
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The MusicAcross festival, together with Teatro Ponchielli in Cremona, has commissioned Giorgio Battistelli and Luca Francesconi to write two new pieces, requesting them to draw inspiration from the works of Claudio Monteverdi. The pieces will be performed on 8th March at Teatro Dal Verme in Milan (and on 9th at the Ponchielli in Cremona) by musikFabrik, under the baton of Peter Rundel.

Girogio BattistelliInventis facile est addere by Giorgio Battistelli

 

Giorgio Battistelli has found a source of inspiration in Book VIII of the madrigals, the Madrigali guerrieri, et amorosi, from whose preface he borrows the title: Inventis facile est addere. The exercise of  looking back to the past, which might seem straightforward, is in fact today very problematic. “I wanted to avoid the neo-classical approach” explains Battistelli “and so I preferred to start from the gestuality. For example, in Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda the rhythmic ostinato is a typical Monteverdian gesture, drammaturgically very effective. I went through Book VIII assimilating a performative mode, which I then channelled into my music.”

Luca FrancesconiAttraverso by Luca Francesconi

 

For Attraverso, Luca Francesconi has drawn inspiration from the libretto of Monteverdi’s Orpheus. “I compiled a brief text drawing from Alessandro Striggio’s work the topical moments in the evolution of the mood. ‘Attraverso’ means ‘through’ or, in other words, pass through various levels of expressivity, as in Monteverdi’s case. In Orpheus you pass from the Apollonian situation to a moment full of pathos to the peroration to Charon and in Attraverso all this is translated into music.

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