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.