Lo Spazio Inverso


After abrogating the rhythm, movement is created out of polyphonous gravitation like that of the stars in the sky or as the profiles of the mountains on the horizon. In the desert, the physiognomic traits appear as outlines: pulsating islands of sound brush seas of silence. Within this silence we find the sounds of our body, we recognize them as our primeval own and hear the smallest tensions of the intervals like will-‘o-the-wisps, which - devoid of all drama - light up as gestures in the dark… Our mind is generous enough to accept this wretchedly fragile music. Music is no longer made to put to sleep market places but to awaken realization - in the moment when the market place has fallen silent in us.

Salvatore Sciarrino IT

Salvatore Sciarrino (Palermo, 1947) started composing –self-taught – when he was 12 and held his first public concert in 1962. But it is only after 1966 that he believes his personal style began to reveal itself. After classical studies and a few years of university in Palermo, he moved to Rome in 1969 and in 1977 to Milan. Since 1983, he has lived in Città di Castello, in Umbria. He has composed for the most important orchestras, opera houses and festivals throughout Europe, in Tokyo and New York. Sciarrino’s discography counts over 100 CDs. In addition to writing most of his theatre opera’s librettos, Sciarrino has written a wide variety of articles, essays and texts; particularly important is his interdisciplinary book about musical form Le figure della musica, da Beethoven a oggi, (Ricordi, 1998). Sciarrino taught at the Music Academies of Milan (1974–83), Perugia (1983–87) and Florence (1987– 96). From 1978 to 1980 he was Artistic Director of Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Academic of Santa Cecilia (Roma), Academic of Fine Arts of Bavaria and Academic of the Arts (Berlin). Sciarrino's awards include Prince Pierre de Monaco (2003) and the prestigious Feltrinelli International Award (Premio Internazionale Feltrinelli) (2003); he was also the first prizewinner of the Salzburg Music Prize (2006). In 2006 his opera Da gelo a gelo, coproduced by Schwetzinger Festspiele, Opéra National de Paris and Grand Théâtre de Genève, was performed to great acclaim. In 2008 La Scala Philharmonic Orchestra performed his 4 Adagi and 12 Madrigali were premiered in the summer of the same year in a portrait series dedicated to him by the Salzburg Festival.

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Salvatore Sciarrino