Per Archi was composed in 1983 and commissioned by the former “Chamber Orchestra of Heist”. Per Archi is a work in two movements, in which the composer pays tribute to Britten and Bartok.
(4 songs for baritone and chamber orchestra)
Composed partially in “contemporary”, partially in “archaic” sound idiom, these four orchestra songs give musical expression to the courtly love poetry of Dante Alighieri, Petrarch, Cavalcanti and Guinizelli in a lyrical manner.
This work was commissioned by the Flanders Recorder Quartet that, in collaboration with the Rubio String Quartet, gave the first performance in august 1997. The
title refers explicitly to the contrasting dialogue of both quartets (a reference to the
baroque concerto grosso) as well as to the contrast between the three movements.
Per due Clarinetti ed Archi (4 Aspetti Sonori) In this double concerto, the two soloists are made to dialogue with the orchestra in different ways.
A short reference to the beginning of this double concerto introduces the Duetto Finale. In short chromatic cells, played in infernal tempo, both soloists show their talent. A few themes from previous movements come into play, which closes the circle. Both soloists now play an almost identical part at a different pitch. With this talented duet the work comes to a spectacular close.
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