On 20th August at prestigious Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Emanuele Torquati will give the premiere of one of his main projects this year: Constellation Kurtàg. A Journey into György Kurtág’s Music in 5 Planets, with Francesco Dillon, cello and Manuel Zurria, flute, under the supervision of Pietro Babina, stage director.
Constellation K. intends to chart a path in his poetry articulating it in 5 different points of light, ideal planets of a fantastic cosmology, each one corresponding to an intimate sphere of his biography and his sensitivity. On the occasion of the ninetieth birthday, 5 great contemporary composers, related to Kurtág by friendship and spiritual community, contributed to the definition of this path. By his great friend and companion of musical adventures, Peter Eötvös, his compatriot László Sáry, his alter ego Howard Skempton, the eclectic Lukas Ligeti, up to the Japanese composer Toshio Hosokawa. They each wrote a piece linked to one of the many sources of inspiration of the Hungarian composer.
A fundamental part of the project, therefore, will also dialogue with the music of the past, of which Kurtág is an expert and passionate connoisseur, from Machaut to Bach, Schumann to Schubert, through Beethoven’s Bagatellen, right up to the great twentieth-century references Janácek and Bartók, but also Olivier Messiaen and Ligeti . So Music, but also Literature and Poetry: Franz Kafka and Attila Jozséf, Goethe, Rimbaud, Beckett.
The project will be also presented in Kiev on 5th November at UKHO Festival, and on 9th April 2017 at Auditorium Renzo Piano in L’Aquila for Società dei Concerti Barattelli.