Italian music has always managed to emerge becoming a model for other cultures. Land of dominion, the Peninsula has, over the centuries, absorbed the influences of those who besieged and occupied it, from Magna Graecia to the Roman Empire, passing from the Middle Ages with its Gregorian chants, up to the Renaissance and the great Neapolitan, Roman and Venetian Italian Opera.
The project aims to investigate pages of composers who for various reasons have left Italy to seek their fortune abroad. This is the case of Niccolò Paganini and Mauro Giuliani. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, the two artists sought their fortune in Vienna, a city that later consecrated them as great virtuosos and founders of the Italian violin and guitar school; it is no coincidence that Giuliani was nicknamed “The Paganini of the Guitar”, thus helping to intensify their bond, further sealed by the friendship and mutual esteem that bound them.
The link with Italy does not end here; the great Hungarian violinist Franz von Vecsey, remembered as the dedicatee of the concerto for violin and orchestra op. 47 by Jean Sibelius, lived and worked in Venice between 1926 and 1935 and in Rome, where he died at the age of 42.
Astor Piazzolla himself has deep Italian roots; the only child of Italian immigrants in Argentina from Trani (Puglia). In 1973 he moved to Milan where he recorded his famous album Libertango the following year for the Carosello record company, thanks to the support of the music publisher Aldo Pagani.
The guiding thread of this journey through time and space is precisely that of highlighting how Italian culture has traveled the world thanks to great artists and has been strongly suggestive for other cultures.
Niccolò Paganini (Genova 1782 – Nizza 1840)
Sonata n. 1 in La minore dal “Centone di Sonate”
Cantabile in Re Maggiore
Mauro Giuliani (Bisceglie 1781 – Napoli 1829)
Serenata per violino e chitarra op. 127
Gabriel Fauré (Pamiers 1845 – Parigi 1924)
Après un Rêve
Pietro Mascagni ( Livorno 1863 – Roma 1945)
Intermezzo – da Cavalleria Rusticana
Franz von Vecsey ( Budapest 1893 – Roma 1935)
Astor Piazzolla (Mar de la Plata 1921 – Buenos Aires 1992)