Biennale Musica 2020
Modern classics and experimentation
The Festival is titled Incontri and will run from 25 September to 4 October, featuring 15 world premieres and 13 Italian premieres.
The 64th International Festival of Contemporary Music will be held from September 25th to October 4th: ten days with 18 events that will feature 28 new works, 15 of which are world premieres (7 commissioned by La Biennale) and 13 Italian premieres.
Titled Incontri, the Festival revolves around great figures in music of the recent past, their thinking and their musical practices, in a dialogue with the most cutting-edge contemporary composers.
The Lions of this sixty-fourth edition include the Lifetime Achievement award to Luis de Pablo, born in 1930, an omnivorous and highly original composer, a key figure in the renewal of music in Spain, and the Silver Lion to Raphaël Cendo, born in 1975, the founder of a real aesthetic movement, “Saturationism”, which has revolutionized the way of conceiving and composing music and attracted many young composers.
The leader of the contemporary Spanish school, Luis de Pablo is the author of an immense catalogue of over 200 works which includes the soundtracks to the films of Carlos Saura, has reserved for La Biennale and its inauguration on September 25th at the Teatro alle Tese, the world premiere of the Concierto para viola y orquesta and the Italian premiere of Fantasías for guitar and orchestra. The soloists are violist Garth Knox, formerly a member of Boulez’s Intercontemporain and later the Arditti String Quartet, and guitarist Thierry Mercer. The Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto will be conducted by Marco Angius, one of the most acclaimed performers of contemporary music.
Raphaël Cendo will present the Italian premiere of Delocazione, a piece composed in 2017 to a mosaic of texts by Claude Royet-Journoud, Georges Didi-Huberman, Rainer-Marie Rilke, Georges Bataille, with the French quartet Tana and the Neue Vocalsolisten, specialists in contemporary vocal music who have built a bridge between the avant-gardes and the roots of chamber music for voices alone.