INDONESIA COMMEMORATES THE GREAT WAR WITH MUSIC

(VELINO) Roma, 7 Oct - Indonesia is commemorating the centenaryof the Great War with music. On Oct. 11, the Italian embassyand Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) in Jakarta will host "Ala vie!" at the Institute's Auditorium, a show produced by theDuo Alterno of Riccardo Piacentini (composer-pianist) andTiziana Scandaletti (soprano). The show will open with a danceperformance, one of the most famous tangos composed during thewar, followed by a gem of Italian vocal chamber music, "Sonnetsof Fate" by the Venetian composer Gian Francesco Malipiero.Written in the same year as the outbreak of World

(VELINO) Roma, 7 Oct - Indonesia is commemorating the centenaryof the Great War with music. On Oct. 11, the Italian embassyand Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) in Jakarta will host "Ala vie!" at the Institute's Auditorium, a show produced by theDuo Alterno of Riccardo Piacentini (composer-pianist) andTiziana Scandaletti (soprano). The show will open with a danceperformance, one of the most famous tangos composed during thewar, followed by a gem of Italian vocal chamber music, "Sonnetsof Fate" by the Venetian composer Gian Francesco Malipiero.Written in the same year as the outbreak of World War I usingthe evocative words of poet Gabriele D'Annunzio, it refers to afairy tale and surreal dimension, a kind of intimate chambertheatre in which each song refers to a fairy and, together, toa restless and mysterious setting. The song "A la vie" writtena century later the composer Riccardo Piacentini, performed onthis occasion with its two separate parts, gives its name tothe programme by extrapolating the last part of the title ofthe next piece by Alfredo Cassella and changing the meaning. Itis a tribute to two brilliant artistic figures of the early20th century: the Russian Kazimir Malevich and the ItalianUmberto Boccioni, who in 1914 worked respectively on "TheAviator" and "Dynamism of a man's head", two of the most iconicfigurative works of the period. The performance of the song, aswell as using pictorial contributions, uses writing produced inthe same years by Rainer Maria Rilke, piano, video projectionsand sound-pictures taken from the soundscape recorded by thesame composer. It is followed by "L'adieu a' la vie" written atthe outbreak of war by composer and pianist Alfredo Casella,born in Turin and trained in Paris. It is a meditation about15 minutes long on the writing of the winner of the 1913 NobelPrize for Literature, Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore, in theFrench translation by Andre Gide. The end of the show will seea performance of "Consolation" by Francesco Paolo Tosti, amongthe greatest composers of vocal chamber music in Italy. Thesong was written during the Great War, a few weeks before Tostidied. The event is part of the official programme of thecommemorations of the centenary of the First World Warorganised by the prime minister's office. vel.