media & curtain – Santa Cecilia, the “farewell” with the music that marked history

media & curtain – Santa Cecilia, the “farewell” with the music that marked history
media & curtain – Santa Cecilia, the “farewell” with the music that marked history

ROME – On August 6 at 9 pm appointment with the music that marked history: The Songs that made Italy, the title of an evening that not only evokes patriotic suggestions, but becomes a journey full of meaning and reflection thanks to the texts written and narrated by Corrado Augias, who will retrace the chronology of important chapters such as, for example, the First War of Independence, the Thousand, Rome Capital and the Great War. Prayer from the Rossinian Mosè, Donna Caritea di Mercadante, Goodbye my beautiful goodbye, The beautiful Gigogin, Hymn of Garibaldi, Totonno, O Surdato ‘nnammurato, Quel mazzolin di fiori, Inno di Mameli, are just some of the titles of the songs of the Risorgimento, in the reinterpretation of Raffaele Gervasio, which will be interpreted by a group of about 200 musicians: Orchestra, Chorus and White Voices of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia accompanied by the Fanfare of the National Association of Bersaglieri, all directed by Carlo Rizzari.

In the 1960s, Raffaele Gervasio, an Apulian composer, a pupil of Respighi among others and known above all as the author of the initials of the television Carosello, made a learned and enthralling transcription of these songs, which was then transformed into a highly successful record which, remastered digitally in February 2011, it entered the top 30 compilation chart for three weeks. Singers of the caliber of Mario Del Monaco, Giulio Fioravanti, Nicola Rossi Lemeni, Angelica Tuccari, Virginia Zeani lent their voices, directed by Franco Ferrara. The concert program follows the chronological scan of historical events (Before ’48, The First War of Independence, The Second War of Independence, The Thousand, Roma Capitale, After 1970, The Great War) and the songs are united in short suites interspersed with historical and anecdotal comments.

“Our feeling of national unity has often been questioned, it has often faltered,” says Corrado Augias. “However, if there is an element that has powerfully unified this feeling, also for the emotions it arouses”, continues Augias, “it is precisely the songs that accompanied the arduous journey of construction, before the Kingdom of Italy and then after the ’46 of the Italian Republic, happily alive today. The evening that will be presented to the public is based on a series of songs that accompanied first the patriotic movements of the Risorgimento, then Roma Capitale (20 September 1870), the First World War, a war of great emotional participation by the people. The evening will end with “The bell of San Giusto” entrusted to the Choir of White Voices and will be a highly emotional moment. My participation will consist in the historical presentation of the various moments in which the songs are divided, trying to clarify what were the reasons that inspired those songs and what feelings they aroused then and, we frankly hope, even today “.

“Gervasio’s reinterpretation of the Risorgimental songs” – tells us Carlo Rizzari – “is characterized by a brilliant, evocative, sometimes virtuosic orchestration of which one inevitably captures the cultured, refined extraction, linked to the most significant previous art music . The themes, while clearly recognizable, are used in a counterpoint manner; Gervasio’s harmonic fantasy enriches the sound texture and, through a skilful use of polytonality, creates very suggestive expressive effects. The passion and rhythmic energy of certain choirs, particularly those linked to the beginnings of the Risorgimento struggles – continues the Sicilian director – clarifies the strong link between popular songs and early Verdi operas. Therefore, we will listen to a concert full of contrasts where from the joyful vivacity of the marches we pass to the sweet melancholy of the choirs of the Alpine troops, richly harmonized: the realistic effects of the war are told by the wisdom of Gervasio also with the use of particular instruments, such as the Onde Martenot as well as a rich series of percussions. Gervasio thus achieves a musical result of the highest depth that also enhances the rich heritage of popular music linked to the history of the unification of Italy: the same result that in those years achieved a great author of cinematographic music, Nino Rota. “

Friday 6 August at 9 pm – Cavea Auditorium Parco della Musica, Rome
The Songs that have made Italy from Independence, Unity to the Great War, transcriptions by Raffaele Gervasio
Orchestra, Chorus and White Voices of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia
Fanfare of the National Association of Bersaglieri
Carlo Rizzari Director


From Independence to Unity
Before ’48
Introduction (Moses in Egypt by Rossini – Who dies for the homeland from “Charitea Queen of Spain” by Mercadante – Royal March)
The First War of Independence
Invitation to Arms (O ardent young people – Invitation to arms – Ai Lombardi)
Goodbye my beautiful goodbye (Farewell of the volunteer – “Play the trumpet and intrepid I will punch” from I puritani di Bellini)
Il Tricolore (The three colors – The tricolor flag)
Hymn by Mameli (The song of the Italians)

The Second War of Independence – The Thousand
La Bella Gigogin (Daghela step forward)
Hymn of Garibaldi

Rome capital city
I Bersaglieri (March – Flick Flock – The Race – Variations for trumpet on the theme “Flick Flock)

After 1970
The Variety (Totonno leaves – He’s Target – Flick – Flock ‘O Surdato’ nnammurato)

The Great War
That long train that went to the border (La Tradotta – The magazine of the trousseau – Quel bazzolin di fiori – Monte Canino)
Ta Pum (Ta-pum – Bombardano Cortina)
Peace Prayer (It is ben ver that mi slontani – A plan cale il soreli – Ai preat la biele stele)
Montenero (And Cadorna sends to say – Montenero)
Stellette in the rear (miscellany of songs)
Sul Grappa (The song of Grappa – E tu Austria)
The Legend of the Piave
The Bell of S. Giusto

Parterre and central grandstand: € 30
Side stand: € 20
Reduced Youth under 30: € 10 in all sectors
Infoline: 06/8082058 – [email protected]
Press release issued by Daniele Battaglia (Head of Press Office – National Academy of Santa Cecilia)

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