On New Year’s Day, we took an afternoon stroll along the Via Vittorio Emanuele. We retraced our steps, this time with the goal in mind, to the Fontana Pretoria, then strolled on to the Palermo Cathedral and the Piazza della Vittoria. As the afternoon light drew down, we strolled back to Butera 28 and made a dinner with our purchases at the market the day before.
Luigi Dallapiccola, Frammenti Sinfonici from the Ballet Marsia
Dallapiccola was born in 1904 to Italian parents in what is now Pazin, Croatia.
He had his first experience of Wagner during his family’s internment in Graz in 1917, later studying music in Trieste and then in Florence, where a performance of Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire persuaded him to work as a composer . . . . He was among the first Italian composers to absorb the principles of Schoenberg and to make continuing use of the latter’s serial techniques. Dallapiccola died in Florence in 1975. [citation]
In 1947, Dallapiccola excerpted about three-fourths of [his ballet] Marsia to create an orchestral work entitled Frammenti Sinfonici dal Balletto “Marsia” (“Symphonic Fragments from the Ballet ‘Marsyas’”). The ballet, completed in 1943, was “the last of the composer’s scores to use tonal materials.” [citation]
On Spotify here.
On YouTube here (as part of Orchestral Works, V. 1).
Sostenuto, ma deciso (Recitando) – Danza di Apollo
Ultima Danza di Marsia
La Morte di Marsia
Credits: The sources for quotations may be found at the links in the text. As always on the blog, the photographs, unless otherwise indicated, are mine.