World premiere for Carlo Boccadoro’s Variazioni per Orchestra at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on Monday 14th March. The work will be performed by the Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, whose direction has been entrusted for the occasion to the young Israeli conductor Omer Meir Wellber. The twenty-one pieces making up the composition form a chain of ‘complete fragments’ that the composer himself defines as “a series of tiny steps that constitute a more extensive pathway, to undertake together”.
What Boccadoro offers the audience is a journey through environments characterised at times by swirling orchestral virtuosity, at times by passages of great delicacy, in a logic of “continuous shifting” between dynamic and chromatic alternations. And within this world the composer transforms himself into a creator of images and sensations, as emerges from his own description of the composition: “Continuous shifts in perspective which sometimes frame landscapes, at other times simple details; every now and again musical figures already heard before reappear, while other sound images present themselves only once and then quickly burn out, disappearing in an instant as though acoustic illusions. Musical regions are crossed where neither nostalgia nor amnesia is cultivated.”