4 Jun 2016

Contrast. The sounds of ‘900.

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Museo Novecento

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In 2016 Contrasts. The sonority of the ‘900 presents four events aimed at deepening the nature of the changes that the twentieth century brings in music and the arts. The new musical language is enriched by the stimuli coming from the visual arts and the theater and reveals the deep marks left by the world conflicts and their historical and economic consequences. Free and powerful forms of writing are triggered, necessary to express new energies and aimed at innovative modes of expression. The barriers of language are shattered: we thus witness the theatricalization of the musical gesture and the recognition of a new value to the interpreter, who becomes an indispensable mediator between the composer’s thought and its realization in physical space.

Saturday 4 June at 5.00pm
Inevitable  Music #5 

Inevitable Music, an international project that combines electronic, “electro-acoustic” and acoustic music, translates Sol lewitt’s graphic works into sound waves. The result of a residency at Villa Medici in Rome, Sébastien Roux’s new work focuses on the works of the American artist present in Italy or of clear Italian influence. The performance is entrusted to the French ensemble Dedalus. 

Sound translations from Sol Lewitt’s Wall Drawings. 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.

Friday 8 July, at 20.00 
The actor musician 
by Ensemble in concert

The desire to tell a deep experience, linked to the body and spirit of the human being, pushes some composers to add to the music a strong theatrical gesture, sometimes almost superior in intensity to the same musical content. Making sometimes extreme choices, the author breaks the traditional barriers of music by introducing objects and gestures that transform the musician into an actor.

Sylvano Bussotti, For three for three performers. Peter Eotvos, Derwischtanz for solo clarinet. Mauricio Kagel, With voice for three performers. Luis Steen Andersen, Besides for cello and percussion. Francesco Filidei, Esercizio di pazzia per quattro esecutori. Georges Aperghis, 4 feverish pieces for marimba and piano.
Francesco Filidei, Exercise of madness II for four performers.

Friday 30 September at 20.00 
War music 
by Ensemble in concert 

Quatour pour la fin du temps, born and performed on January 15, 1941 in a concentration camp, recounts the genius of Messiaen and the music of his time in relation to the drama of war, making touch with hand the indissolubility of the bond “art-life”. 
Preamble to Messiaen’s piece is another important work of French chamber music: Debussy’s Sonata for cello and piano. 

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

Sunday 9 October at 16.00 
The Pentagram Disappears 
by Ensemble in concert

New forms, timbres and instruments, often played in an unconventional way, push composers towards a mutation of the graphic sign. Thus two new forms of notation are created: an extremely determined one, where every detail is marked with codes, signs and colors in a meticulous manner, favoring an execution every time similar to itself; and a partially or completely undetermined one, that allows to involve in the musical process the sensitivity of the musician, the randomness of the choices and the intimate relationship with the creative act.  

Salvatore Sciarrino, Codex purpureus for violin, viola and cello. Helmuth Lachenmann, Dal niente for solo clarinet. Franco Evangelisti, Aleatorio for two violins, viola, cello
Lorenzo Troiani, Sotterranee in Ombra (2nd version) for clarinet and string trio. Sylvano Bussotti, Gramsci Quartet for two violins, viola, cello. Salvatore Sciarrino, Quintettino for clarinet, two violins, viola, cello.

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