Solo andata (2017)
for Children Choir and Ensemble
(Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Perc., Piano, Viola, Cello and Double Bass)
Commissioned by Divertimento Ensemble with the support of Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation
for the project GIOCARE LA MUSICA
Premiere: 21 May 2017 - Teatro Leonardo, Milan
Solo andata is the outcome of a commission from the Divertimento Ensemble for the fifth edition of the project “Giocare la musica”, an edition whose theme is migrations, to encourage the creative act to come to terms with highly topical social problems. It is a work for ensemble and children’s choir, which uses a text written by some classes of an elementary school in Reggio Emilia under the guidance of Giuseppe Caliceti, elementary school teacher and writer. The children involved were invited to express their thoughts about the tragedy of migrant populations and their responses were then transcribed, producing a touching, authentic text, at times also very crude. From the long original text I wanted to use just a few sentences, the ones I believed most powerful, emphasizing its poetic value. The emotion of the words is expressed through the voice of the children, explored in the timbral varieties of whispering and speech, which blend with a rough and sketchy instrumental writing, abstract and dreamlike. In the background, the sound of the sea, metaphorically evoked through waves of sound and gestures that pass from the instruments to the voices.