The final of the Asti d’Appello Award scheduled for Sunday 28 November at the Alfieri Theater. Today, Wednesday 10 November, the first of two preparatory appointments organized by the Asti d’Appello association will be held: at 5 pm in the Sala Pastrone the book will be presented “Mozart. Scenes from trips to Italy “ (The Assayer) by Sandro Cappelletto, in preparation for the concert of the final ceremony.
Sandro Cappelletto, Venetian, writer and music historian, is the author of plays and texts for musical theater, television programs and for Radio Tre Rai, as well as a member of the Roman Philharmonic Academy and of the artistic commission of the Fiesole School of Music. He collaborates with La Stampa and Le Monde and will dialogue with him Alberto Sinigaglia, outgoing president of the Order of Journalists of Piedmont.
In the book, released during the first lockdown, Cappelletto deepens the analysis of the work of the Salzburger, after his essay “Mozart’s quartets”, dwelling on the adolescent years which passed significantly also for Italy.
In 1769 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was 13 years old and has already performed in front of the courts of half of Europe with exhausting tours in Austria, France, Germany, England, Holland, Switzerland. His father Leopold, however, is worried: Wolfgang has a reputation as an enfant prodige but is no longer a child. There is a need for something sensational, sensational, which seals his talent and makes the world understand that he is not facing a promising musician, but a genius. Thus was born the idea of a trip to the “homeland of music”, Italy. Father and son set out: they cross the Alps, suffer the cold in battered taverns, wake up at dawn, exhausting carriage rides. The triumphal days arrive: Rovereto, Verona, Mantua, Milan, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Naples and finally Venice; each stage is a success, the crowd at the concerts is sometimes such that the carriage cannot pass. The nobility falls in love with the young musician from Salzburg, hosts the Mozarts in luxurious palaces, generously pays for performances. Wolfgang looks around, appreciates the landscapes, discovers cities, meets composers and singers, learns from a great scholar like Father Martini, reworks, judges. He writes a lot: three operas («Mithridates re di Ponto», «Ascanio in Alba», «Lucio Silla»), the first seven quartets for strings, symphonies, concert arias, sacred music, the motet «Exsultate, jubilate».
Cappelletto’s book is not just the story of the training journey of an extraordinary musician. It is also the story of a father and a son who gradually discover their relationship between misunderstandings and affection. Of the contradictions of a man, Leopold, torn between personal ambition and the awareness of his mission: to make everyone aware of the miracle of the young Wolfgang, a child who was able to transform himself into one of the greatest artists ever.
The projection of the film by Pupi Avati “We three” (1984), which reconstructs a stay in Bologna of the young Mozart.
New appointment Saturday 13 Nov.embre at 5 pm at the Astense Library: after the votes of the popular jury of the Prize, presentation of the book by Giovanni Grasso «Icaro. The flight over Rome “ (Rizzoli). For both events, admission is free with the Green Pass.