Biennial Music


From the 4th until the 13th of October was held the 51st International Contemporary Music Festival-Biennial of Venice, entitled "Beyond the line".

The Music Biennial, writes its artistic director Giorgio Battistelli, now in his final period as director, wishes to present itself this year as an observatory of the work of those composers who strive to reflect on the present, configuring new projects born of their musical experience: therefore, not just considering the problem of lines, but seeking that space beyond the lines.
"In line" with the mission of this Festival is an entire section denominated "Made in Italy": the project brings together 14 composers, all Italian, who were commissioned to write an equal number of instrumental pieces for the best Italian ensembles -Icarus, Divertimento e Algoritmo Ensemble, directed by Erasmo Gaudiomonte, Sandro Gorli and Marco Angius - all noteworthy interpreters of new music. "Made in Italy" will be a kind of "Italian Pavilion", a panoramic look at today's music, a bet concerning its future.
The prestigious Biennial career award, the Leone d'oro, will be given this year to Giacomo Manzoni.
An award attributed "to the composer and intellectual of music who has actively spent fifty years of his life in constantly intensifying and renewing his language with an experimental attitude springing from an "intimate expressive need".
An international jury panel will attribute, however, the Leone d'oro to the music of the present, chosen from the works and composers invited to participate in the Festival.
Varied are the monographical proposals, celebrating the works of Maestros such as Michael Nyman, who will open the Festival by directing, for the first time, the Orchestra of Saint Cecilia's Academy; Franco Donatoni, Luigi Nono, Francesco Pennisi and John Cage, also protagonist of the concomitant edition of Milano Musica. 

by Andrea Oddone Martin | :venews
Tr. Maria Fasolo
ottobre 2007 

«51st International Contemporary Music Festival-Biennial of Venice»
From 4th tol 13th octobre


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