Madrigali „…il vento del nord…“

op. 52, 2013

For vocal ensemble
Instrumentation: 2 sopranos, mezzo-soprano, tenor, bass or madrigal choir
Duration: 5 min.

Commissioned by vocal ensemble La Dolce Maniera
World premiere: 8 March 2013, Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, Venice, Italy. Vocal ensemble: La Dolce Maniera, conductor: Luigi Gaggero

Composer’s notes

This piece was my first composition for madrigal choir. It has been the wish of the commissioning ensemble and the conductor to set Ibykos’ text to music. The main idea was then to base the composition on the acoustic colour of the vowels, while the piece concludes with a free repetition with or without words.

In me Eros,
che mai alcuna età mi rasserena,
come il vento del nord rosso di fulmini,
rapido muove: così, torbido
spietato arso di demenza,
custodisce tenace nella mente
tutte le voglie che avevo da ragazzo.

Text: Ibykos, translantion: Salvatore Quasimodo

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