Artistic Theme

Love is(n’t) in the Air

Proposed by Mittelfest – Cividale del Friuli, Italy

Composition for flute, viola, harp and soprano

Based on the ARS AMANDI by Ovidio (Publius Ovidius Naso) – a selection from his poem.

In 2018, two thousand years have passed since the death of Ovid (Pubblio Ovidio Nasone, 43 BC – 18 AD), one of the greatest lyric poet of all times and the author of the celebrated ARS AMATORIA. A text about seduction, the art of loving. The theme was thought of in seeking a universal reference, the love we so deerly look for in our time, and the Latin language, the European language par excellence.

The pairing of the instruments is not random. The timbre brings back archaic atmospheres, which Debussy masterfully interpreted in his Sonata for these three instruments. An archaism that would marry perfectly with the Latin text but would leave room, of course, to many possible experiments. The timbre is anti-romantic instead of the lyric sound of the violin, he privileges the elegiac flute, the viola instead of the tenor sound of the cello; the Arcadian sound of and harp instead of romantic eloquence of the piano.

A descriptive instrumentation, elegiac and pastoral. A beautiful challenge for young composers and very attractive for public. Furthermore this formation is a standard, so it gives the new MusMA compositions a possibility to live a long life.


The Musicians

Ex Novo Ensemble & Valentina Coladonato

http://www.exnovoensemble.it & http://www.valentinacoladonato.eu

The Ex Novo Ensemble, of whom flutist Daniele Ruggieri, viola player Mario Paladin and harpist Nicoletta Sanzin are members, was founded in Venice in 1979 by the composer Claudio Ambrosini and seven young musicians, who have remained with the Ensemble ever since. The Ex Novo Ensemble now represents a point of reference on the international panorama of new music. The continuity obtained by working together, its artistic and professional coherence, have bequeathed a certain character, a “sound”, which both public and critics of the major European festivals have recognised to be unique of this Ensemble; among them: Festival Acanthes, Avignon; Music, Strasbourg; HCMF Huddersfield; Concerts Ville de Genève; Biennale, Venice; Tage für neue Musik, Zürich; Time of Music, Vitasaari; Elektron Musik Festival, Skinnskatteberg, Sweden; Susa Festival, Denmark, Roma Europa, Rome; Warsaw Autumn; Akademie der Künste, Berlin; Gaudeamus Foundation, Amsterdam; Musica nel nostro tempo, Milan; IGNM, Basel; Ars Musica, Bruxelles; Münchener Philarmoniker; Mozarteum, Aspekte Salzburg; Eco & Narciso; Festival delle Nazioni, Città di Castello; Mittelfest, Cividale; RAI, Rome and Milan; Tish Center, New York; Chicago Center of Arts.

Many celebrated composers have dedicated new important pieces to the Ensemble: Claudio Ambrosini, Stefano Bellon, Carlo Boccadoro, Sylvano Bussotti, Curt Cacioppo, Gilberto Cappelli, Carmine Emanuele Cella, John Celona, Aldo Clementi, Silvia Colasanti, Azio Corghi, Michele Dall’Ongaro, Xavier Dayer, Matteo D’Amico, Luis de Pablo, Lorenzo Ferrero, Luca Francesconi, Beat Furrer, Giorgio Gaslini, Adriano Guarnieri, Alvin Lucier, Giacomo Manzoni, Vittorio Montalti, Luca Mosca, Fabio Nieder, Francesco Pennisi, Filippo Perocco, Horatiu Radulescu, Michéle Reverdy, Nicola Sani, Valerio Sannicandro, Salvatore Sciarrino, Alessandro Solbiati, Ivan Vandor, Gèrard Zinnstag.

The Ensemble’s commitment to exploring the language of contemporary music later became the basis for re-interpreting classical repertory, particulary those scores composed for rare instrumental sets that, although very beautiful, remain little known.

Many world premieres and works dedicated to the Ex Novo Ensemble have also been recorded and transmitted by the major European broadcasting corporations: BBC, Radio France, RAI, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), Süddeutscher Rundfunk (SDR), Schweizer Radio (DRS and RSI), Belgian (RBFT) and Swedish Radio Networks.

Of particular significance in the Ensemble’s work is its contribution to the promotion of Italian chamber music, as demonstrated by its long association with recording companies such as Arts, ASV, Black Box, Brilliant Classics, Dynamic, Naxos, Stradivarius, Ricordi, and others, is significant.

Since 2004 organizes at La Fenice Theatre in Venice the Festival Ex Novo Musica, and since 2013 presents the Maratona Contemporanea,  a concert featuring 42 short world premières.

For this MusMA edition Daniele, Mario and Nicoletta are accompanied by soprano Valentina Coladonato. Valentina earned a Master in Foreign Languages Degree and graduated in voice with top marks. She won various international singing competitions: “Valentino Bucchi”; “G. Di Stefano”, “Città di Alcamo”, “Toti Dal Monte”, “Maria Caniglia”, and several critics, audience and jury prizes.

She sings leading roles in operas by Monteverdi, Cavalli, Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Gluck, Mozart, Jommelli, Spontini, Bellini, Verdi. Her concert activity and repertoire range today from Baroque to contemporary sacred and secular music with specialized groups, such as La Venexiana, Accademia Bizantina, La Stagione Armonica, Sentieri Selvaggi, Algoritmo, Confluenze, Fontanamix, Musikfabrik.

Moreover, Valentina has sung many compositions in world première: several composers write for her voice. She’s a favorite singer of Corghi, Sciarrino, Fedele.

She has sung at major musical institutions such as Teatro alla Scala, Milan; Opéra National de Paris; Salzburg Festival; Vienna Musikverein; Concertgebouw Amsterdam; Flanders Festival; St. Petersburg Philharmonia; Southbank Centre, London; Frick Collection, New York; DeSingel, Antwerp; Kölner Philharmonie; WDR Radio; Ravenna Festival; Festival Pergolesi-Spontini; RAI, Turin, Biennale of Venice and many other venues throughout the world.

Her collaboration with stage directors includes main stage directors such as D. Abbado, M. Scaparro, C. Lievi, M. Znaniecki, C. Graham, and among conductors R. Muti, D. Robertson, L. Shambadal, P. Eötvos, J. Axelrod, M. Caldi, M. Panni, C. Scimone, C. Desderi, O. Dantone.

Next November she will make her debut as leading role in the italian première of Sciarrino’s Superflumina in Teatro Massimo in Palermo, conducted by Tito Ceccherini.



MODERATOR MARIO PAGOTTO (http://www.conservatorio.udine.it/il-conservatorio/organizzazione/docenti/124-pagotto-mario.html)
17:00 Welcome  from Franco Calabretto Caffè San Marco – Largo Boiani 1
ATMOSPHÈRES – Tigran Hamasyan Quartet Chiesa San Francesco – Piazza San Francesco – Cividale del Friuli
Palazzo De Nordis – Piazza Duomo – Cividale del Friuli
14:30 – 18:30 MusMA Atelier session 1
14:30 – 14:40 Welcome from Franco Calabretto – artistical director Mittelfest
14:40 – 14:45 Trailer Mittelfest 2017
14:45 – 15:45 ELIOT DELAFOSSE
Conversation ELIOT DELAFOSSE  – Mario Pagotto
15:45 – 16:00 *coffee break*
Conversation RAFFAELE DE GIACOMETTI  – Mario Pagotto
17:00 – 17:15 *coffee break*
Conversation KATARZYNA KRZEWINSKA – Mario Pagotto
18:00 Concert Chiesa San Francesco – Piazza San Francesco – Cividale del Friuli
10:00 – 12:15 MusMA Atelier session 2 Palazzo De Nordis
10:00 – 11:00 JORIS BLANCKAERT
Conversation with JORIS BLANCKAERT  – Mario Pagotto
11:00 – 11:15 *coffee break*
Conversation WILLIAM SUNDMAN SÄÄF – Mario Pagotto
13:00 LUNCH Convitto Nazionale Paolo Diacono
Piazza Chiarottini – Cividale del Friuli
15:00 – 16:30 MusMa general meeting Palazzo De Nordis
16:30 – 16:45 *coffee break*
16:45 – 17:45 MusMa radio meeting Palazzo De Nordis
18:00 Concert Chiesa San Francesco
MusMA VII – Music & Exile QUATUOR AMON Piazza San Francesco – Cividale del Friuli