News from Italy

Cristina Cavalli reports on the first edition of Chamber Music in Italy, the workshop in Forio d’Ischia which she presented at the ECMTA meeting in Tallinn

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ischia1-previewJust ended in Italy the first edition of Chamber Music in Italy, chamber music workshop that took place in Forio d'Ischia, a small island in front of Naples. Teachers were Serguei Mesropian, Claudio Cavallaro, Giuseppe Devastato and Cristina Cavalli (also artistic director), coming from Armenia, Spain and Italy. The workshop had the moral support of italian Regione Campania and spanish Fundacion Eutherpe, presided by Margarita Morais.

During two weeks, from August 1st to 14th, professors and students worked closely to prepare the evening concerts. On a terrace with an magnificent view of the Mediterranean Sea (thanks to the beautiful location of our host Hotel Providence) they played many chamber works, from Mozart to Baermann, from Granados to some contemporary music.

One of the main features of Chamber Music in Italy is the renaissance and diffusion of Neapolitan Masters' music, from Leo, Scarlatti, Pergolesi to the present. The last concert closed with a world première, "Tarantella Criptica", by the Neapolitan composer Giuseppe Devastato. "Tarantella Criptica" was played by the American clarinetist Joseph Rosen (who the composition is dedicated to), the Armenian cellist Serguei Mesropian, and the italian pianist Cristina Cavalli. Tarantella is a typical Neapolitan dance, also very common in the south of Italy; the composer intention was a homage to the performers' nationalities. There are Armenian, American and Neapolitan themes used throughout the composition, to suggest a musical message about peace and collaboration between different countries and cultures.

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