Pierluigi Potalivo

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Pierluigi Potalivo

Pierluigi Potalivo

Post by Pierluigi Potalivo » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:42 pm

THE SPIRIT OF A SONATA - A new way to interpret the classics

Is there a way to give new meaning to the word interpretation? There is a possible way, if we can imagine a score not holding the only key to what the music can convey, but consider it just one of music’s many manifestations intended by the composer; if we can imagine a piece able to free itself from the form dictated by the score and, maintaining its genius, able to recreate itself. What matters is capturing the spirit of a composer, or a composition, and its resonance, which can then differ from the composer’s version, since it would have reached the same creative realm.

The album Spirito di una Sonata is meant to be an original way to interpret the traditional repertoire of classical guitar and a peculiar manner of composing music. The approach I used for this project shows that interpreting someone’s music isn’t just a matter of making a literal performance of the exact notes they wrote and adding your feeling to it: at least this is not the only way. Above all, what really counts is to succeed in evoking the soul of the composer.

After so many beautiful performances of the same pieces of music made in almost a century, keeping to this repetition may stiffen up our music. Rather, a musician may work directly on the music and even, sacrilegious as it may sound, rewrite it and turn it into a real encounter between the player and the composer – if one is capable of it, of course. What needs to be pursued is the capability of catching the spirit of a creator: to be his resonance rather than his replicant.

This is what I did with Mauro Giuliani‘s Sonata op.15 and, in the second of my works I recorded “5 Possibile Events”, with Claude Debussy, Federico Mompou, Fernando Sor, Antonio Lauro, Jaquin Turina. Here I imagined five possible events, which could have occurred in the lives of those composers, and the way they would have reacted to them.

I hope you enjoy my music.

Pierluigi Potalivo

(About the genesis of Album Spirito di una Sonata you may watch UNCOSTUMARY CLASSICISM: Pierluigi Potalivo plays live and talks about musical intuitions at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n43uEVTNHiQ; alternatevely, you may just read the article UNCOSTUMARY CLASSICISM at http://www.pierluigipotalivo.com)

Album content:

Tracks 1-4


Tracks 5-9

Fernando Sor spies Debussy
Federico Mompou thinks of Albeniz
Joaquin Turina recalls a Gypsy’s chant
Antonio Lauro the Venezuelan returns to Naples
Fernando Sor mocks his own “ways”

WEBSITE: http://www.pierluigipotalivo.com

DOWLOAD FULL ALBUM FROM CDBABY: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/pierluigipotalivo

VIDEO: from Op.15: The Spirit of a Sonata


VIDEO: Fernando Sor spies Debussy (from 5 Possible Moments)

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Free MP3 Download - Tarantella by Pierluigi Potalivo

Post by Pierluigi Potalivo » Wed Mar 30, 2011 9:55 pm

Antonio Lauro the Venezuelan Returns to Naples - Tarantella (from Five Possible Moments)

Free Download (track #8 of Album Spirito di una Sonata):


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Pierluigi Potalivo - Manuscript

Post by Pierluigi Potalivo » Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:44 am

Hi everybody,
I shared the manuscript of my Allegro from the video Bach: from a paperless score. I included it in the score section. Hope you enjoy it.

Greetings to Erik, Piotr, Keme, Kay, Dave and Bernhard,


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Re: Pierluigi Potalivo - Manuscript

Post by KeMe » Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:19 pm

Hello Pierluigi,
Your manuscript sounds wonderful. Where can we get a copy?

Kay :sorride:
Music touches the heart, but playing classical guitar can lift your heart and enrich your life.

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Re: Pierluigi Potalivo - Manuscript

Post by Pierluigi Potalivo » Mon Dec 26, 2011 11:04 am

Hi Kay,
the piece is not printed yet, and it is part of a work for which will probably be in the next future. Let's take it, for the moment, as 'musica reservata'... :wink:

Take care,

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