LXXXI Festival of the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino

Ensemble degli Intrigati/Luciano Garosi

Iannis Xenakis' Charisma(1971), which opens the concert, is a short but very intense duo for clarinet and cello, and is built from combinations of extended sounds from both the clarinet and the cello. Effects like grinding noises and multi-phonics are complemented by sudden shifts of register and dynamics. The work contains no melodies in the conventional sense, but dramatic gestures and the composer's acute sense of timing make this work a real show-stopper. The piece of Salvatore Sciarrino Melencolia I presents a dialogue between cello and piano, in which the wise use of pauses masterfully express the transience of life and the waiting sense. This rarefied atmosphere then introduces the hypnotic cello glissando. The singularity is that the piano part traces the American song Stardust, created in 1929 by Mitchell Parish.
A part of the concert is dedicated to Gacinto Scelsi, often renowned as one of the most innovative authors of the 20th Century: the pieces Ko-Lho for flute and clarinet, and Riti: i funerali di Carlo Magno for cello and percussion shows the characteristics of a contentious author, who is able to obtain excellent phonic effects, demonstrating his ability with sounds. The fusion of different timbres create beats which make the songs constantly modern. Scelsi is famous for the brief pauses around the notes that evoke the exoticism of his beloved oriental world. The piece by Aldo Clementi, Dedica, is an example of a serial structure where the material is taken from the tonal tradition, while the elaboration creates a complex musical fabric that goes towards the silence. The Ensemble degli Intrigati commissioned a brand new opera to the young Florentine composer Matteo Belli, who is currently pursuing his PhD in the United States. It is called Lei, piangente, a composition created for the six elements formation that also uses live electric sounds. The music pages are inspired by The Weeping Woman painting by Pablo Picasso, exhibited at London’s Tate Modern. The pages of Alessandro Solbiati, recently awarded the Abbiati prize, conclude the programme. Flos is a work from 2007 in which music is organic: here there are the pulses of the life that surrounds the artist, who admires it, amazed.


Iannis Xenakis (1922-2001)
Charisma for cello and clarinet (1971)

Salvatore Sciarrino (1947)
Melencholia I for cello and piano (1980)

Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988)
Ko-Lho for flute and clarinet (1976)

Giacinto Scelsi (1905-1988)
Riti: I funerali di Carlo Magno for cello and percussions (1976)

Aldo Clementi (1925-2011)
Dedica for clarinet, piano and cello (1998)

Matteo Belli (1987)
Lei, piangente for flute, clarinet, cello, piano, percussions and live electronics (commission for Camere Contemporanee, 2017)

Alessandro Solbiati (1956)
Flos for flute, clarinet, cello, piano and percussions (2007)


Luciano Garosi

Ensemble degli Intrigati
Giuditta Di Gioia

Francesco Darmanin

Dagmar Bathmann

Omar Cecchi

Massimiliano Cuseri

Live electronics
Davide Vannuccini
The Ensembe degli Intrigati is a formation specialised in avantgarde music. It is composed of Giuditta di Gioia (flute), Francesco Darmanin (clarinet), Dagmar Bathmann (cello), Omar Cecchi (percussion instruments), Massimiliano Cuseri (piano), and Davide Vannuccini (live electronics). The Ensemble degli Intrigati collaborates with prestigious artists, such as Marco Angius, Roland Böer, Detlev Glanert, Luciano Garosi. Since their debut in the 42° Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte, the formation has performed at Arezzo, during the closing event of the fuorimostra exhibition about Bill Viola, and in the Great Hall at the University of Siena. The formation was established during the artistic residency “Camere Contemporanee” that took place in Montepulciano from June to December 2017 with the aim of enhancing young musicians under 35. The residency, aimed also at promoting contemporary music, was ideated by Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte, in collaboration with the prestigious partnership of Accademia del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Istituto Superiore di Studi Musicali “R. Franci” of Siena, and Associazione Musicisti Aretini. The young formation presents a musical catalogue that gathers different variations of the most contemporary and modern musical languages. The Ensemble degli Intrigati is conceived as a modular and versatile formation, able to present artistic and musical ever new solutions.

Luciano Garosi graduated in Piano, Choral Music, Chorus Direction, Composition, Orchestra Direction, Band instrumentation, and specialized with Pier Narciso Magi and Gian Luigi Gelmetti. He has collaborated with Hans Werner Henze since 1983 on the programme and production of the Cantiere Internazionale d’Arte of Montepulciano. He directed the very first executions of the following operas:  Gli spiriti dell’aria  by Matteo D’Amico, Clown by Aldo Tarabella, Proserpina by Glanert-Paisiello, Il Gallo e la Croce by Thomas Fortman,Fabula by Alessandro Sbordoni, La fata fatata  by Elizabeth Mara Bossero, Origini  by Nicola Campogrande, and Enigma by Detlev Glanert. From 1989 to 2014 he directed the Istituto di Musica of Montepulciano, under the assignment of Hans Werner Henze. In 2017 he won the “Abbado Award” for his composition Carpe diem-Lyceum hymn, awarded by the Italian Ministry of Education. Luciano Garosi is professor of Score Reading at the Conservatory “L. Cherubini” of Florence, as well as of History and Analysis of the Catalogue for the final biennium of the Higher School of Musical Studies “Rinaldo Franci” of Siena. He graduated in Humanities and Philology at the University of Siena.

Thu 14 June, ore 20:00

Running times
Running time
1 hour
One seating area € 10

Foyer di Galleria - Teatro del Maggio

Piazzale Vittorio Gui, 1
50144 Firenze

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