As a pianist I propose the following programs:
- Opera Session
- Futurism and Futurisms
- Tosti and Company
Although really different, these programs are intimately linked by personal and biographic connections. If you want to discover more about these connections please click here. In what follows the three programs are outlined.
During the XIX century (and beginning of XX century) a great number of melodies from the Italian Operas were transcribed for the piano. This included pieces from Rossini’s Barbiere di Siviglia, Verdi’s Rigoletto, Bellini’s Norma, and many others. Numerous composers have attempted to convey this music to the piano: a few have survived (the likes of Liszt, Thalberg and Raff); but the majority have been completely forgotten. This program aims in providing a wide outlook on this art form, which in its day spread word wide to give households an authentic flavour of Italian Opera. This program has been recorded by Giacomo di Tollo in Opera Session: a CD produced by Andromeda Records. A program tentative can be found here.
Futurism and Futurisms
This program is closely related to my main research topic as a researcher, which is the integration of man and machine through Artificial Intelligence, that inspired by to perform futuristic, neo-futuristic and Artificial-Intelligent related music. Futurism is an artistic movement that spread throughout Italy at the beginning of the XX century, and championed ideas associated with industrialization, speed and machines, which is evident in futuristic music. A century later, the Computer has begun the universal machine, whose logic have an impact over other fields, i.e., music. In this context, I explore compositions exploiting mathematical formulations as a compositional guidelines (Magic Stars, Block Designs, Kaleidocycles, u.s.w.), along with compositions by myself inspired by Artificial Intelligence approaches. A tentative program can be found here.
Tosti and Company
It is interesting to remark that composers from Futurismo campaigned against the vocal compositions of Francesco Paolo Tosti (Ortona (I), 1846 – Roma (I), 1916), the most eminent Vocal Chamber Music composer of that period, and who, incidentally, came from my home town. He served as “master of music” at the Queen Victoria’s court, becoming the one of the most eminent European composers of its time. His vocal compositions have been sung by the most eminent singers and transcribed for the piano by several composers. This program gives a perspective on his art, in an authentic “Belle Epoque” flavour. A tentative program can be found here.