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Salvatore Sciarrino: "Vanitas" (1981). Cultural and Historical Background, Contexts, Traditions

German Historic Institute in Rome, Department of Music History, Italy

The work »Vanitas. Natura morta in un atto« (1981) is in many ways a key work in the creativity of Italian composer Salvatore Sciarrino. Although he counts among the most important composers alive, Sciarrino is still less known in Italy than he is abroad – his music is only rarely performed in Rome.
As part of the congress supported by the Ernst von Siemens Music Foundation »Vanitas« as a key work by Salvatore Sciarrino will be introduced to the wider Roman audience. Various lectures – based on the composition counting among the »Opere teatrali« – will discuss such topics as Sciarrino’s aesthetics and his stage conceptions. Furthermore, the piece will be examined in terms of literary studies, art history and music history traditions.
Concluding the conference will be the performance of the work at the Austrian Historic Institute in Rome. A preceding introduction to the work is aimed at increasing concert enjoyment and understanding for the audience less familiar with New Music.

November 23 & 24, 2015
German Historic Institute, Rome

November 24, 2015
Austrian Historic Institute, Rome

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