Domenica 9 Ottobre ore 16.00

In 2016, Contrasti. Le sonorità del ‘900 schedules four lectures focusing on the nature of the transformations investing music and arts during the twentieth century. The new musical language was enriched by the stimuli from visual arts and theater and showed the deep marks left by the world conflicts and by their historical and economic consequences. New and powerful kinds of writing, necessary to express new energies and aimed at new modalities of expression, arose. Language barriers were shattered: the musical gesture became theatrical and the performer gained new recognition, becoming the crucial intermediary between the composer’s thought and its fulfillment in the physical space.

Saturday, June 4th, 5 p.m.
Inevitable  Music #5

Sound translations from the Wall Drawings by Sol LeWitt. Ensemble Dedalus in concert.

Music by Sébastien Roux. With Didier Aschour, guitar; Cyprien Busolini, viola; Laurent Bruttin, clarinet; Dafne Vicente Sandoval, bassoon; Christian Pruvost, trumpet; Sivia Tarozzi, violin; Deborah Walker, cello.*

Inevitable Music, a project of international scale mixing electronic music, “electro-acustic” and acustic music, translating the graphic works by Sol LeWitt into sound waves. Resulting from a stay at Villa Medici in Rome, Sébastien Roux’s new work focuses on the American artist’s works in Italy or bearing a clear Italian influence. The execution is by the French ensemble Dedalus.

Friday, July 8th, 8 p.m.
the musician-actor

mdi Ensemble in concert.

The desire to recount a deep experience, linked to the human body and spirit, leads some composers to add a strong theatrical gesture to the music, sometimes more intense than the musical content. Making choices that were at times extreme, the author shattered the traditional barriers of music introducing objects and actions that turn the musician into an actor.


Sylvano Bussotti, Per tre for three performers
Peter Eotvos, Derwischtanz for solo clarinet
Mauricio Kagel, Con voce for three performers
Luis Steen Andersen, Besides for cello and percussion instruments
Francesco Filidei, Esercizio di pazzia for four performers
Georges Aperghis, 4 pezzi febbrili for marimba and piano
Francesco Filidei, Esercizio di pazzia II for four performers

Friday, September 30th, 8 p.m.
war music

mdi Ensemble in concert.

Quatour pour la fin du temps, born and played on January 15th, 1941, in a concentration camp, recounts the genius of Messiaen and the music of his time in relation to the drama of war, making you physically aware of how indissoluble the link “art-life” is. Another important work of French chamber music, the Sonata per violoncello e pianoforte by Debussy, will serve as a preamble to Messiaen’s piece.


Claude Debussy, Sonata per violoncello e pianoforte
Olivier Messiaen, Quatour pour la fin du temps for clarinet, violin, cello and piano

Sunday, October 9th, 5 p.m.
the staff disappears

mdi Ensemble in concert.

New modes, timbres and instruments, often played unconventionally, led composers to mutate the graphic sign. As a result you would find two kinds of notation: one that was very specific, where every detail was meticulously marked with codes, signs and colours, leading to an execution that was always the same; one that was partially or totally unspecific, that allowed for the musician’s sensibility, the casualty of the choices and the intimate relationship with the creative act to be involved in the musical process.


Salvatore Sciarrino, Codex purpureus for violin, viola and cello
Helmuth Lachenmann, Dal niente for solo clarinet
Franco Evangelisti, Aleatorio per due violini, viola, cello
Lorenzo Troiani, Sotterranee in Ombra (2a versione) for clarinet and string trio
Sylvano Bussotti, Quartetto Gramsci for two violins, viola, cello
Salvatore Sciarrino, Quintettino for clarinet, two violin, viola, cello

Free admittance while seats last, the access to the museum is not included.

* Included in the program Estate Fiorentina 2016.