Miriam Donadoni Omodeo
music by Roberto Lupi, Goffredo Petrassi, Muzio Clementi, Jehan Aristée Alain, Jean Louis Martinet, Olivier Messiaen, Alfredo Casella.
"Roberto Lupi - from Sei studi" (Demo .mp3 - 30 sec. - 300 Kb)
CD PAN 3075 -
price 15.00 Euro
Unilateralità, Sintesi e Trasfigurazione
Sei Studi (prima serie)
Sei Studi (seconda serie)
Quindici piccoli canti
(variazioni su un tema popolare irlandese)
Fantasia e Variazioni sull'aria "Au clair de la lune"
Jehan Aristée Alain
Jean Louis Martinet
Pièce pour piano
The first part of this compact disk contains the programme of a recital played by Miriam Donadoni Omod-eo at the Ghione Theatre of Rome for EDIPAN, dedicated to Roberto Lupi.From the introduction to the concert by 'Maria Delia Quercia':
Roberto Lupi was born in Milan on November 28th 1908. He studied at the "Giuseppe Verdi" Conservatory in Milan, where he obtained diplomas in piano, cello and composition. Afterwards he became Professor of Harmony and then Advanced Composition at the "Luigi Cherubini" Conservatory of Florence and he lived there almost until the end of his life. He died in Dornach (Switzerland) on April 17th 1971.
His career as a conductor began early, and in 1937 he won the first National Competition for young conductors. From then on he conducted the principal main orchestras as well as some foreign ones. He often took part in the most important Italian music Festivals: the Venice International Festival, the Florence Maggio Musicale, Sagra Umbra, Siena Settimane Chigiane; and it was he who conducted the world premiere of Bruckner's Fifth Symphony. However, conducting was only a part of his professional life, and gradually he concentrated more and more of his energies on his composing and his analysis of musical development in the light of Rudolf Steiner's theosophy. His compositions include work for the theatre, choir and orchestra, for choirs and chamber groups, for symphonic orchestra and chamber groups.
With the Cantata Orpheus he won the 1950 Premio Roma for Music.
We must not forget Roberto Lupi's work in publishing and introducing Rudolf Steiner's Eurhythmy in Italian theatrical and musical circles. The "Teatro delle novita" of Bergamo (with the orchestra and stage equipment from "La Scala" of Milan), the "Teatro Comunale" and "La Pergola" of Florence all performed musical plays by Lupi with choreography and movements for eurhythmists ... Poetry, Eurythmics with Music were performed in the Sala Bianca of Palazzo Pitti, at the Piccolo Teatro, at the Conservatory of Florence by the best artists of Goetheanum
"Lupi's Studi for piano reflect the path of his musical development. In the first series, edited by DeSantis in '43, an introductory note speaks of his theory of polytonality-involving repulsion and attraction. In the second series he created forms that have little to do with the traditional Study. Number three in fact is a theme with eight variations culminating in a highly complicated fugue. This second series of Studies has not been published yet, and we hope that some intelligent publisher will take note.Unilateralita, Sintesi e Trasfigurazione (Unilaterality, Synthesis and Transfiguration) is an atonal composition.
The static and thoughtful introduction that opens the series is followed by movements that are onesided to the point of parody (each based on the same notes); the first is sentimentally melodious ("con abbandono dilettantesco"), the next one is rudely rhythmic ("ostinato e brutale") the next is "specularmente attento". Ultimately the author returns to a serious mood to synthesize the various aspects and to raise them to higher reflections in the last movement (Trasfigurazione)...
Miriam Donadoni Omodeo, loving guardian of certain voices which today's noise and dullness threaten to reduce to silence (let us recall her stimulating research on Giannotto Bastianelli) presented in the Ghione Theatre a programme including works of Roberto Lupi's latest production: Unilateralita, Sintesi e Trasfigurazione, two collections of Studies and the Eight Aphorisms (or "portraits" or "characthers").
In addition to the pieces on the program, Cinque Piccoli Canti in which Roberto Lupi pays homage to childhood with poetic popular tunes. These themes in turn led us to add to this CD two pieces by Muzio Clementi inspired by popular music. (These pieces have been reprinted for the first time in this century by Miriam Donadoni in Padua with Zanibon).
The other piece, also made available in modern edition by Donadoni under the impr. of Zanibon, the Fantasia on the popular French melody Au clair de la lune, instead shows Clementi possibilities of the keyboard, and begins to disclose the freer horizons of romantic piano literature.The third part of this CD returns to the contemporary authors, with pieces played by the same pianist in various concerts. Petrassi, Messiaen, Alain, Martinet, all began as organists., but then evolved along differ-ents paths.
When Goffredo Petrassi composed his Toccata he was a pupil of Casella, who greatly broadened his musical horizons.
Jehan - Aristiee Alain and Jehan -Louis Martinet both studied under Olivier Messianen, who exerted a powerful fascination on them.
Alain - who died too early during the war (in 1940, at the age of 28) left behind a body of organ compositions that qualify him "the most sincere organ poet of our time". He left only a few pages for piano. Martinet, after finishing his studies at the Paris Conservatory, devoted himself to serial music, with a particular attachment to Webern. For several years he was one of the organizers of the French session of S.I.M.C. of which Casella had been, in its first years, one of the most energetic organizers.
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