This composition for band, largely original, traces the places and encounters along the Silk Road leading to China that characterized the most important experiences of Marco Polo’s life: the Gobi desert, the Yellow River, the Great Wall of China, the entrance in the city of Shangdu, trading with merchants, the encounter with Kublai Khan, the oriental dances in the court life, the meditative aspect of a Buddhist temple and in the garden of the Happy Men, the rites of the Prohibited City and imperial honors which were reserved for Marco Polo by the Great Khan of Beijing.
The musical construction is entrusted to particular scales from which the melodies and harmonies are inspired to create an atmosphere in the Oriental tradition.
The discursive spirit of the architectural lines moves easily between the modern chromaticism and a rhythmic writing that generates movements of minimalist origin.
Well-known themes from the opera Turandot by Giacomo Puccini are deliberately woven into the piece: a significant tribute to the adventurous feats of the Italian traveler in ancient China. The pieces by Puccini are transcribed in an easy and accessible way for performance by a wind band.
Here are some various musical passages:
Towards Silk Road.
The caravan of the camel drivers
The arrival to the Oriental City
The life and dance of theCourt(Allegretto giocoso of Turandot)
The encounter with the merchants
In a Chinese market
“Gira la cote” from Turandot…..sharpening of the knives
Beijing the forbidden City
In the garden of the happy men: the success of the voyage of Marco Polo
(Themes and ending from Turandot)