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This program examines the relationships of three avant-garde twentieth century Italian composers – Luciano Berio (1925-2003), Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1945), and Niccolò Castiglioni (1932-1996) – to Italian and Italian-influenced stylus phantasticus works by Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643), Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704), Francesco Rognoni (1570-1626) and Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704).
In borrowing and adapting the very structures, special effects, rhythmic motives, and techniques of variation, imitation and dissonance that made these seventeenth-century works so radical, the twentieth century composers represented on this program draw links to their musical ancestors that dissolve the distinctions between what sounds “old” and what sounds “new”.
STYLUS PHANTASTICUS // AVANGUARDIA
Luciano Berio (1925-2003): Sequenza VIII, for solo violin (1976)
Isabella Leonarda (1620-1704): Sonata Duodecima, Op. 16, for violin and continuo (1693)
Salvatore Sciarrino (b. 1947): Sonatina, for violin and piano (1975)
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Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644-1704): Passacaglia, for solo violin (1676)
Niccolò Castiglioni (1932-96): 11 Danze per La Bella Verena, for violin and piano (1996)
Girolamo Frescobaldi (1583-1643): Toccata nona from Il secondo libro di toccate, for harpsichord (1627)
Francesco Rognoni (1570-1626): Divisions on Palestrina’s ‘Vestiva i colli’, for v iolin a nd c ontinuo (1620)