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    Festival d’Automne à Paris
    156 rue de Rivoli
    75001 Paris

Salvatore Sciarrino

Works from the 1970s and 1980s


    • Théâtre de la Ville - Espace Cardin
      November 27

    Salvatore Sciarrino has revived fascinating moments in the history of Sicily, going far into the distant past, recalling civilizations that marked the land. His music, taut and dramatic, adopts the image of volcanic activity, but from afar, muted and subtle.
    The concert encompasses a decade in the work of Salvatore Sciarrino, from Siciliano (1975) to Lo spazio inverso (1985). In the middle is Fauno che fischia a un merlo (1980), showing the composer’s mind filled with divinities born in the darkest corners of human consciousness, haunting the wild, and creating a sense of uneasiness. Here are creatures, composite creatures, that are both sources of wonderment and symbols of immortality.
    The monster is hybrid in style, and hybrid in the animal world, being part faun part blackbird, finding resolution in aesthetics, in natural creation, extraordinary or ordinary, in a poetic manifestation. The creation of an original work is a way of grafting, or maintaining the confusion of physical bodies and sexual identities, as in the case of the hermaphrodite.
    Aspern (1978), in line with Sciarrino’s operas before Lohengrin (1982), combines two main sources; here it is a novella by Henry James, The Aspern Papers, and excerpts from texts by Lorenzo da Ponte who wrote the libretti for three operas by Mozart, himself a reference for the genre used here, i.e. Singspiel (literally “sing play”). The opera is set in a ghostly Venice, and has quotations from the 18th century, all shaped by Salvatore Sciarrino to produce a suite with different forms (arietta, aria, canzonetta, and traditional song) in music both striking and distinguished.

    Salvatore Sciarrino
    Fauno che fischia a un merlo, for flute and harp
    Siciliano, for flute and harpsichord
    Lo spazio inverso, for flute, clarinet, celesta, violin and cello
    Aspern Suite, for soprano, two flutes, percussion, harpsichord, viola and cello

    Ensemble L’Instant Donné
    Amandine Trenc
    , soprano


    Coproduction: Théâtre de la Ville-Paris; Festival d’Automne à Paris // Concert recorded by France Musique

    Salvatore Sciarrino © Luca Carrà
    Salvatore Sciarrino
    Salvatore Sciarrino © Luca Carrà