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Italian Composers on the Eve of World War I



Italian Composers on the Eve of World War I

World renowned concert pianist and recording artist Dr Donna Coleman presents a lecture-concert featuring the music of five Italian composers active during the second decade of the twentieth century: Ferruccio Busoni, who in 1915 wrote four pieces based upon Native American themes; Alfredo Casella, whose encounter with the premiere performance of Igor Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps created a deep artistic impression; Czech-born but Italian educated emigré Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli, whose Deux “Lunaires” are richly coloured by the French Impressionists; Gian Francesco Malipiero’s four-movement Risonanze from 1918; and Vincenzo Davico, born in Monaco but again educated and settled in Italy, whose evocative Notturni blend the nineteenth century Romantic aesthetic to French harmonies and textures. This special program showcases rarely (if ever) heard works by Italian composers searching for their unique voice in the uncertain environment that was the First World War.

Donna Coleman has been a friend of the Italian Cultural Institute Melbourne since she took up residence in that city in 1995. She has performed on many occasions for IIC functions, and in April 2017 she presented a three-week series of lecture-recitals entitled Scarlatti to Scelsi: Three Centuries of Italian Piano Music.


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IIC members: Free

Non-members: $10

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Date: Thursday, February 20, 2020

Time: From 6:30 pm To 8:00 pm

Organized by : IIC Melbourne

Entrance : With fee


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