Promenade Through the Italian Soundscapes

Thursday 4 JUNE 2015 - 6:30 pm for 7 pm

1st floor, 55 Exhibition Road, London SW7 2PN

Promenade Through the Italian Soundscapes

An Evening on the Poetry of Music in Italy, from Respighi to Castelnuovo Tedesco


Marc Jean-Bernard

Phd, Philosopher, Musician, Professor of Musical Aesthetics

This Concert-Lecture invites the listeners to a live musical and visual Promenade. The main theme of the Lecture are the Italian composers of the 19C and 20C century, Respighi, Pizzetti and Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

Respighi has immortalised the city of Rome in his three famous works – the Fountains of Rome, the Pines of Rome and Roman Festivals.

Castelnuovo-Tedesco's is one of the most important and prolific composer for classical guitar in the 20th century. He met Andres Segovia in 1932 and this encounter inspired him to write his first Concerto for Guitar, the first of more than a hundred or so of compositions for this instrument.

Trevi Fountain

Trevi Fountain, Rome

Casternuovo-Tedesco's work is based on great literary classics - Shakespeare, Keats, Wordsworth - spanning across centuries to include Cervantes and Garcia Lorca.

One critic once called Respighi’s music ‘new old music’.

This maybe the characteristic of the Italian composers of the period. Their fresh and modern instrumental and choral work is inhabited by melody and tonal harmony as their profound love of, and identification with the Italian past, has inspired their work.

This identification with the poetical and musical past and the deliberate homage to Monteverdi, Bach, baroque composers such as Vivaldi and Tartini and even, interestingly,, more contemporary composers such as Rachmaninov explain the scintillating variety of the work of these extraordinary composers.

This is what we call this new ‘Poetry of Music’.

Marc Jean-Bernard will illustrate the significance of this renovation of Italian music which has now been rediscovered by the public.

He will perform pieces from these composers and will illustrate their work and their influences with visual and audiovisual material documents – paintings, ballet, opera, poetry.

This Lecture-Concert is an homage to this generation of great composers who are the legacy of Verdi and Puccini and who, in a pure musical and cultural tradition, have opened new horizons in the musical creation.

Cost: Members £20; Friends and Guests £25 to include a glass of wine; Buffet dinner: £30

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