Festival dei due Mondi

L’amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle

Video-opera by Adriano Guarnieri
for three soloists, five vocalists, choir, ensemble, seven trumpets, and live electronics
The new composition – a Video-Opera – commissioned by Ravenna Festival to Adriano Guarnieri which premiered in Ravenna on the 5th of June 2015, is a journey thriving on the universal value of Dante’s work and meant to highlight its inexhaustible and refreshing modernity; in other words, its contemporary value. Hence the “contemporary” Dante evoked in Guarnieri’s new score, that completes the triptych started in 2007 with the Apocalypse in “Pietra di diaspro”, followed by “Tenebreae” in 2010, and now reaching the blinding light of the Paradise.
A narrative score articulated in 14 musical sequences which combine fragments of the Paradise, assimilating the evocative force of Dante’s language and its sounds; a narrative where the fil rouge, as Guarnieri suggests, connects “the themes of light, infinite, worldly and physical love transformed into the metaphysical visions of Beatrice and the Virgin, and the motifs bringing us back to the motion of the spheres and the universes; in a pattern of symbols and theologies embodied by melodic, polyphonic, choral, instrumental elements, physically and spatially simulating that harmony of the spheres which is part of the Commedia”.
“L’Amor che move il sole e l’altre stelle” inaugurated Ravenna Festival’s collaboration with another most important musical organisation in Italy, the Festival dei Due Mondi of Spoleto: Adriano Guarnieri’s video-opera was co-produced by the two festivals.


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