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Serendipity is a term coined by the English writer Horace Walpole (1717-1797) to indicate the ability to discover at random something unexpected that has nothing to do with what you were looking for.
The name comes from a legend according to which the Sultan of Serendip (ancient Arabic name of the island of Ceylon), leaves home in search of gold. After travelling across mountains and valleys and finding no gold, he discovers an excellent quality of tea which turns out to be more valuable than gold.
Or just think of Christopher Columbus who in 1492 discovered the American continent while searching for a shorter route to India.
The composer Carlo Pirola with SERENDIPITY took on this sense of adventure, that is to discover an unexpected musical idea, especially while searching for another one. A continuous surprise that only music can achieve.
In this original composition for band, one captures moments of research, and finally finds out that they created a new musical idea which, in turn comes back and originates new ideas which will be needed to create other ones, and so on.
It's a musical adventure in which the value of the experiences does not match the original expectations, but that eventually puts everything in order; a piece that teaches us to love and accept life, because, even though it is set and lived to reach certain milestones, it will have pleasant surprises in store for us.
70,00€ – 80,00€
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)
65,00€ – 75,00€
For Concert Band
Questa suite è costituita da quattro brevi quadri descrittivi di difficoltà esecutiva e d’insieme progressivamente crescente. Sono caratterizzati da una forte compattezza formale dovuta all'utilizzo prevalente di pochi spunti melodici, a loro volta spesso ricavati gli uni dagli altri. In “Ventaglio” l’armonia è prodotta dall'incontro di linee melodiche che si allontanano o si avvicinano – da qui il titolo – tramite utilizzo del moto contrario cromatico. “Nenia” prende dal primo brano i primi tre intervalli melodici esposti dall'euphonium e li utilizza a mo’ di tema cantabile distribuito in vari interventi solistici. Il terzo quadro musicale della suite è basato su un ostinato ritmico-melodico che descrive esattamente il titolo “Saliscendi”: periodicamente, in un’armonia totalmente consonante, s’inseriscono minuscoli frammenti presi a prestito dai due quadri precedenti. Infine, proprio con una ricapitolazione degli incipit musicali dei tre quadri già uditi, prende il via “Fuggifuggi” ossia un simpatico fugato su soggetto ancora una volta ricavato da spunti melodici già precedentemente ascoltati.
78,00€ – 90,00€
Frontiere is a meditative piece with dense instrumental colors, sometimes dark, sometimes pleasantly bright.
It tries to symbolize, with its cyclical form, a journey through thematic ideas that, from simple filler or secondary counterpoint, become protagonists and reveal their hidden potential as if, coming out of nowhere, they succeed in crossing a border (frontiera) which allows them to live in their own light.
Then the piece ends as it started, as if, after having explored new territories, desires to return to its own origins, where it all began.
100,00€ – 120,00€