are 11 October from 11am to 7pm and 12 October from 3pm to 7pm.
Impossible transcriptions and new musical explorations in Reflected Sounds 2019
The "Suoni reflection" festival was inaugurated in the presence of the councilor of Tuscany culture Monica Barni in an evening for members and subscribers at the Lyceum in Florence. On this occasion the artistic director Mario Ancillotti presented the new president of the Associazione Suoni Riflessi Ulisse Tramonti. The festival opens October 11-12-13 with the Pontillo International Music Competition (young musicians of 11 nationalities, Aldo Ceccato, president, and Alain Meunier) and continues until the final concert on November 10th with the first of Anichini's Rebus canonicals in homage to Leonardo da Vinci. Among the protagonists, besides Ancillotti and Matteo Fossi, musicians such as Bruno Canino, Luigi Attademo and Samuele Telari, but also the art historian Claudio Strinati and the Rector Luigi Dei. Synergies with the Cherubini Conservatory for Thursday night concerts, with the instrumental Camerata in Prato, with the Lyceum and with the Teatro di Sollicciano.
"We try to safeguard those festivals that are deeply rooted in the urban fabric, like this one. A festival that also creates connections, bridges between the various cultural institutions of the city ».
Thus the councilor for culture as well as vice-president of the Tuscany Region, Monica Barni , expressed himself on reflective sounds, intervening, together with the regional councilor Titta Meucci, at the inauguration of the 2019 edition held yesterday, for members and subscribers, at the Lyceum International Club of Florence. On this occasion the artistic director Mario Ancillotti presented the new president of the Associazione Suoni Riflessi, Ulisse Tramonti, who said he had followed the festival since his early years and felt honored by this role «because here there is truly a sense of extraordinary experimentation ».
The XVII edition of Suoni reflection, directed by Ancillotti assisted by Matteo Fossi , will open on 11-12-13 October in the Sala Vanni with the two qualifying rounds free admission (Friday and Saturday) and the final test / concert of the II edition of "Marcello Pontillo" International Competition for Musical Interpretation (Sunday morning). The festival will then develop between October and November through seven other concerts (four Sunday mornings from 20 October to 10 November in the Sala Vanni and three Thursday evening from 17 October to 7 November in the Sala del Buonumore of the Conservatory ), three free admission meetings "Revealing the music" (also in the Vanni room) and the presentation of a book by Aldo Ceccato, president of the jury of this edition of the Pontillo Competition, which also includes the director of the Fiesole Music School Alain Meunier and the director of the Conservatory of Lausanne Pierre Wavre.
An interweaving of intriguing explorations inside and beyond the boundaries of music, in search of new interpretations and combinations: from the rhythmic energy of the second concert's dances suite, to a series of illuminating transcriptions, almost "impossible", which testify to the the importance of the revisitations for the vitality of music, up to the geometries of Bach and Anichini inspired by the Leonardian motions of the four elements. Among the protagonists , in addition to Ancillotti to the direction and the flute, to Fossi on the piano and to other musicians of the Ensemble Suoni Riflessi, interpreters such as Bruno Canino, Luigi Attademo and Samuele Telari, the instrumental Camerata of Prato and precisely the composer Antonio Anichini, also the Rector Luigi Dei, the art historian Claudio Strinati and the actor of the theater of Sollicciano Massimo Bono.
The preliminary tests of the Pontillo International Music Interpretation Competition - which stands out because it focuses on coherent program projects and the interpretative intelligence and communication skills of the young musicians participating, as well as on their technical ability, and open to both soloists and formations from 2 to 6 elements of any combination of instrumentalists and / or singers - will be held from 11am to 7pm on Friday 11 and from 3pm to 7pm on Saturday 12 October (free admission). 20 competitors (between groups and soloists) equal to 30 young musicians of 11 nationalities were admitted to the tests: Italy, Spain, Russia, Ukraine, China, Switzerland, Poland, Belgium, Germany, Armenia and Holland. There are 10 soloists and 10 duo formations, including a piano and domra duo (plucked instrument of Russian tradition). Among other curiosities, one participant will present herself as a solo voice and cello, while another as a pianist / composer with electronic support.
On Sunday 13 October , at 11 am, the test of the three soloists or finalist groups , selected by the jury, will become a concert of the highest level in which the public will be required to vote and choose the winners. The most voted finalist will receive a prize of 2,500 euros, a runner up of 1,500 euros and a third of 500 euros. This year there will also be a special jury prize of 500 euros. Waiting for the counting of the votes, which will take place immediately after the concert, a small refreshment will be offered.
The second of the Sunday concerts , all at 11 am, is on October 20 a fun program with the significant title "Rococorock" presented by the Rector of the University of Florence Luigi Dei , brilliant musical popularizer: the Camerata Strumentale Città di Prato directed by Mario Ancillotti , with Grazia Raimondi on the violin, Francesco Giardino on the clarinet and Antonino Siringo on the piano, will delight us with dances of various ages by G. Ph. Telemann ( Suite in the min for flute and strings ), WA Mozart ( Six Contraddances K 609 for flute and drum strings ), J. Strauss / A. Schönberg ( Kaiserwaltz for string quintet, fl, cl, pf ), B. Bartok ( Romanian Dances for chamber orchestra ), I. Stravinsky ( Three dances from “Suite dell'Histoire du soldat "for vno, cl, pf ) and J. Hendrix / D. Schnyder ( Purple Haze Variations for strings ). A path that shows all the "physical" vitality of music.
Sunday, October 27th will be held the show "Zoo of music" , with two beautiful songs that will see the animals as protagonists: Platero y yo by Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, Florentine composer who has regained the celebrity he deserves, and The story of the elephant Babar Francis Poulenc. In the interpretation of the first piece, which features the donkey invented by the poet Juan Ramón Jiménez (Nobel Prize for Literature in 1956), the Teatro Krill di Sollicciano will be involved with one of its actors, Massimo Bono , while on guitar there will be Luigi Attademo . The translation is by Gaetano Santangelo , editorial director of Amadeus magazine. A selection will be performed of the 28 pieces that make up the homonymous musical work created by Castelnuovo Tedesco in 1960, two years after the death of his friend Jiménez. Platero y yo stands out for its singularity, a voice and a guitar, a real duo where the word is also treated under the musical aspect. Babar is instead an elephant born from the fantasy of Cécile Sabouraud and her husband Jean de Brunhoff. But the musical composition is due to Francis Poulenc's granddaughter who put this story on the uncle's lectern asking him to play it. Poulenc, eclectic and salutero, he obtained a kaleidoscope of nocturnes, marches, lullabies and waltzes.
November 3 is the turn of a great teacher, universally known and loved. "Bruno Canino: music is thought" is the title of this 20th century concert with music by F. Busoni ( Toccata ), S. Bussotti ( Bartok - Busoni capriccio by 34 microkosmos ), B. Bartok ( Contrasts ), P. Hindemith ( Suite 1922 ), A. von Webern ( Variationen op. 27 ) and I. Stravinskij ( Piano Rag Music and Tango ), which will be joined by two musicians from the Ensemble Suoni Riflessi: Marcello Bonacchelli clarinet and Pino Tedeschi violin. "Canino - writes Mario Ancillotti - has always given me at least three overlapping impressions: internationality, being antidive, intelligence. Qualities that make it a unique character and that are reflected in the chosen program, entirely twentieth-century, full of obvious or underground connections and irony ».
Finally, on November 10th , the closing of the festival will be reserved for the most illustrious Florentine, Leonardo da Vinci, who was also a musician, although his musical writings are almost completely lost. "In the show " Leonardo, vector of recombination " (in the 500th year of death) what interests us most - explains Ancillotti - is to show how his together empirical and scientific vision has influenced human thought: all the arts and even music have remained conditioned. This will be evident in the observation of the splendid Bachian geometries ( Contrappunti dall'Arte della Fuga ) and in the absolute preview composition of Antonio Anichini ( Rebus canonici: nine counterpoints on Leonardo da Vinci's musical rebus ), inspired by the Leonardian motions of the waters, of the earth, of air, of fire. Stimulating connections that will be guided and illustrated by an exceptional art historian such as Claudio Strinati , as well as a refined lover of music ».
The three Thursday concerts , all at 9 pm in the historic Sala del Buonumore of the Luigi Cherubini Conservatory (Piazza delle Belle Arti 2) thanks to the availability of the director Paolo Zampini , constitute a cycle entitled "The impossible transcriptions" . «If the transcription (controversial concept) can produce and stimulate new visions of“ historical ”passages - says Ancillotti - elsewhere there is the risk of excessive distancing from the will of the author. Yet the cases of the Pictures of an Exhibition or of Petrushka confirm its extraordinary vitality and interest: music must never be a museum art, to be alive it will always have to be investigated and revisited ».
Thus, on October 17, the piano duo Matteo Fossi - Marco Gaggini will propose two transcripts by Arnold Schönberg and Igor Stravinskij that constitute "milestones through which to read a fundamental chapter of the musical revolution of the early twentieth century". The first is the transcription by Alban Berg for piano 4 hands by Kammersymphonie op. 9 by Schönberg, a work that was initially interrupted due to the outbreak of World War I and then resumed and completed with passion by Berg, even though it was then neither executed nor printed in those years and remained little frequented throughout the twentieth century . The second is the transcription of Petruska for piano 4 hands by the same author, Igor Stravinsky, who has taken on an autonomous role over time, entering the repertoire for piano duo. "An ideal counterpart - reads - for Schönberg's Kammersypmhonie: where in the symphony the shape is chiselled with a network of interconnected and developed motifs, in Petruska the themes are closed in themselves, where Russian folk tints blend with French folk songs . Where in Schönberg we find a sophisticated and meticulous musical project, in Stravinsky the rhythms reveal an almost tribal, obsessive and instinctive dimension ».
On October 31st, a concert of the Prague Fire Trio will take place, composed by the pianist Karolína Františová (25 years), the violinist Filip Zaykov (22 years) and the cellist Vilém Petras (24 years), who won the I last year edition of the Pontillo Competition thrilling the public. Their program includes music by Suk ( Elegies op. 23 , in the author's transcription for piano trio), Dvořák ( Trio No. 4 op. 90 "Dumky" ) and Shostakovich ( Trio masterpiece No. 2 in mi min. op 67 ). A journey through the music of two closely related Czech composers (Josef Suk was a pupil of Antonín Dvořák as well as his son-in-law and Dvořák was his great mentor, so much so that his influence is very evident in the compositional style dense with lyricism) and Šostakovič, whose renowned Trio n. 2 op. 67 is topical in this autumn in which we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Revolution of 17 November 1989 and the fall of the "iron curtain". It was in fact composed in 1944 and, dedicated to a friend who died in evacuation in Siberia, reflects the climate of World War II, the regime of violence and anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union.
On November 7 you will hear the amazing accordion transcriptions of music by JS Bach ( Prelude and Fuga BWV 867 ), B. Mantovani ( 8'20 '' Chrono ), F. Schubert ( Andante con moto, from the D810 quartet “La morte and the girl " ), N. Paganini ( La Campanella ), C. Franck ( Choral in S min. FWV 39 ), L. Berio ( Sequence XIII" Chanson " ) and PI Čajkovskij ( Final - from the concert op 35 for vl e orch. ) by Samuele Telari , magnificent accordionist. "Speaking of impossible transcriptions - he writes - one cannot avoid talking about the accordion, a very young instrument with great timbre and technical possibilities. The program offers a good overview: if the Bach of the Prelude and Fugue from the Well Tempered Harpsichord can be played as written by relying on the skill and taste of a coherent transfer, in the Romantic period things get complicated. [...] The main difficulty is understanding how much you dare to reinvent. The registers, the large extension and the possibility of having a continuous sound are the tools that can be used to make the language of the accordion idiomatic ».
The free admission meetings (always in the Sala Vanni) of "Revealing the music" , the most formative initiative of the festival, will be an opportunity to peek behind the scenes of Sunday concerts and learn from the voice of the protagonists less known aspects of the music that will be played and the reasons for some interpretative choices.
On Friday 25th October the director of the Sollicciano Theater Elisa Taddei, Luigi Attademo and Matteo Fossi will be able to meet in "Zoo di musica" .
Saturday 2nd November Bruno Canino with Mario Ancillotti, in view of his Sunday concert.
And Saturday 9 November Claudio Strinati and Antonio Anichini as an introduction to the show dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci and to the composition Rebus canonici of Anichini, which will be performed on the 10th preview.
This year there will be an extra meeting, in collaboration with the International Lyceum Club of Florence, in whose headquarters Wednesday, October 23 at 6 pm (free admission), in the presence of the author and director of Conservatory Paolo Zampini , Mario Ancillotti will talk about book Brief History of the Orchestral Direction of Aldo Ceccato , famous orchestra conductor. A volume "of an informative and non-specialist line", says Ancillotti, which proposes "an excursus in the art of conducting, light and ironic, cultured and documented, full of precious information that only a musician who has traveled the world can know".
The realization of this event was possible thanks to the sensitivity of institutional sponsors (Municipality of Florence, Tuscany Region, Florentine Estate, CR Firenze Foundation) and of some private subjects: from Banca Mediolanum and Apartments Florence ( www.apartmentsflorence.it ) in primis , at Fattoria Ugo Bing, Onerati Strumenti Musicali, Savino del Bene, 2Next. Without forgetting the Friends of Reflected Sounds.
Tickets for the concerts will go on sale about half an hour before the box office starts in Sala Vanni (piazza del Carmine, n. 19). You can get a subscription to the shows on Sunday mornings, Thursday evenings or the whole program by registering with the Friends of Sounds Rejected on the site www.suonirifessi.it/diventaamico . To book or subscribe: 055-699223, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Full ticket 12 euros, reduced 8 euros. Who has the Classic Tuscany Network card has the right to reduction.
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