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.
(About the genesis of Album Spirito di una Sonata
you may watch UNCOSTUMARY CLASSICISM: Pierluigi Potalivo plays live and talks about musical intuitions
; alternatevely, you may just read the article UNCOSTUMARY CLASSICISM
Op.15: THE SPIRIT OF A SONATA
FIVE POSSIBLE MOMENTS
/A PROGRAMME OF HISPANIC FORGERIES
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”
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: from Op.15: The Spirit of a Sonata
: Fernando Sor spies Debussy
(from 5 Possible Moments
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