per i beni e le attività culturali.
Le arti, i monumenti e il paesaggio. Il tesoro degli italiani
VI settimana della Cultura
24-30 maggio 2004
cristiane della città.
Omaggio a Stefano Gobatti (1852-1913)
: Luigi Verdi
(1905-1912) Selected pages
Transcription and revison by Luigi Verdi
Soprano: Luisa Giannini
Tenore: Daniele Gaspari
ORCHESTRA D’ARCHI CITTA’ DI ADRIA
Live recording effected on 9 May 2004 in the Church of the Osservanza of
Bologna. Sound Engineer: Giampaolo Foresti. IL BAULE DEI SUONI
Around 1870, Stefano Gobatti had a period of great popularity, when his first
opera I Goti, prémièred in Bologna in December 1873, met with such
enthusiastic success that it was recorded by historians as one of the most
resounding successes of the whole history of serious opera. Gobatti was awarded
the Bolognese honorary citizenship when he was only 21, but after I Goti had
been staged successfully in the most important Italian theatres, his following
operas, Luce (1875) and Cordelia (1881) were less successful, while his last
work Massias was never staged. Gobatti spent the final period of his life as a
guest at the Osservanza Convent in Bologna. He is buried at the Certosa of
Bologna. Today we can listen to Gobatti’s music with a new attitude, without
prejudice, and appreciate its value in full: rediscovering the music by Gobatti,
a musician who marked a period of the Bolognese and Italian musical life of the
second half of the 1800s, is a remarkably valuable cultural initiative.
Gobatti wrote the Massias from 1905 and 1912, after his intimate need to express
his inner world through the artistic language of music, which suited him
particularly, also attracted by the tender story of the troubadour Massias, who
lived around the half of 12th century. Many influential people were interested
in staging Gobatti’s new opera, which had already been orchestrated, but had
to face the maestro’s reluctance, as he had been living too isolated to
reenter the tumultuous life of theatre.
The few people who could listen to the music of Massias privately reported that
it was really good ant that it was certainly the maestro’s spiritual will.
Today the score of Massias is held at the Fondo Gobtti of the Biblioteca
Comunale of Bergantino (Rovigo, Italy). Some relevant pages of the opera, after
the critical revision by Luigi Verdi, are presented to the public for the first
time, in the version for string orchestra.
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