Concert by the Ensemble di Musica Contemporanea of the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini of Florence
Part of a wider ranging project, the concert stars the Ensemble di Musica Contemporanea (EMC) of Florence’s Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini: a group of varying composition, composed of 43 musicians in all. The programme, proposing an investigation of the innovation that has always distinguished the great Florentine cultural and musical movements, includes two fundamental works by composer Luigi Dallapiccola (1904-1975): Cinque frammenti di Saffo and Sex Carmina Alcaei.
A leading figure in Italian dedecaphonic music, Dallapiccola was the founder of the Schola Fiorentina group of six composers who, in post-WWII Florence, made tangible that desire for renewal and modernity which had been opposed and even repressed during the Fascist years. Despite Dallapiccola’s modernist vocation, his attraction to classical culture and in particular to the Greek authors Sappho and Alcaeus – whose works, in Salvatore Quasimodo’s translation, he set to music – is more than evident. A stance that is perfectly coherent with the vocation professed by Florence, a city forever capable of expressing new cultural and artistic values, setting out from reinterpretation of the classical cultural tradition.
The same evening, six never-before-performed compositions, written by as many Composition students at the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini (where Dallapiccola taught): Francesco Oliveto, Ivan Caselli, Filippo Bianchi, Filippo Landi, Lorenzo Fiorentini and Alberto Maria Gatti.
Constituting as it does an ideal link to the Museo Novecento collections, which pay homage to several exponents of the Schola Fiorentina, the concert contributes to evoking a period of great significance for the cultural history of Florence, an intersection between music and the figurative arts.
Free admission on a first come, first served basis. Admission to the museum is not included.
An event on the Estate Fiorentina 2017 programme.