5 Sep 2019

Piano Novecento: piano concerts by Riccardo Sandiford

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Museo Novecento

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Three piano concerts at the Museo Novecento dedicated to the key figures of the musical history of the last century. More than two hundred years after its birth, the piano, thanks also to the technical changes made over the course of two centuries, continues to be the leading instrument of the twentieth-century music scene and the main laboratory of composers, on which to exercise inventiveness.

From the days of plucked keyboards to the modern percussive mechanism increasingly capable of supporting enormous masses of sound, there is almost no musician who has not tried his hand at piano works, or in any case has not used it as a means of composing. And so, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin and many other exceptional men have constantly found, even through that magical and comfortable keyboard, new sound ways and new aesthetic codes.

If we were to indicate the most innovative and diversified century, from a stylistic point of view, the twentieth century would come to mind first and foremost, above all for the theoretical and philosophical connections that lie behind every new artistic “school”. Difficult to find an unconscious choice; difficult to find a musician not involved in the current trends and fashions of the moment; difficult to emerge by isolating oneself from other intellectuals. Much of this probably begins before and in the Impressionist world, where artists of various disciplines meet, confront and exchange ideas, and often seem to chase each other. From this point of view, the French musician Claude Debussy is certainly a central figure of fin de siècle culture and, later, the ideal initiator of “modern” musical art.

The program

Thursday 5 September at 9.00 pm – Pietro Rigacci piano

Aleksandr Skrjabin (1872-1915)
2 Poémes op.63
1.Masque 2.Etrangete
3 Studies op.65
Cheerful fantastic
Very lively
Sonata n.10 op.70
Moderato-Allegro-Puissant, radieux-Allegro-Più vivo-Presto
Sergej Prokof’ev (1891-1953)
Sonata n.8 op.84
Andante dolce.Allegro
Going dreaming

Tuesday 17 September at 9.00 pm – Sara Bartolucci and Rodolfo Alessandrini

Ottorino Respighi (1879 – 1936)
Fountains of Rome (version for four hands piano by the author)
The Valle Giulia Fountain at dawn
The Triton Fountain in the morning
The Trevi Fountain at noon
The fountain of Villa Medici at sunset
Alfredo Casella (1883-1947)
Puppets op. 27
Five Pieces for Four Hands Piano
Marcetta – Berceuse – Serenade – Nocturnal – Polka
Nino Rota (1911-1979)
Concerto (Version for four hands piano by the author)
Overture: Allegro moderate and pompous
Aria: Andante cantabile
Cabaletta: Andante con moto e scherzando
Elegy (Andante sostenuto)
Final: Allegro

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