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Autumn Night Music

In autumn I’m going to play some new repertoire in my solo concerts.

The most demanding piece of the programme is probably Benjamin Britten’s Nocturnal, the only work that the English composer wrote for solo guitar. It is based on a song by John Dowland (1553-1626) but it’s not exactly a theme and variations set, for the 17th century song can be heard at the same end, after something that may be called a long journey through the night. Britten’s Nocturnal and Dowland’s song Come heavy sleep gave me the inspiration to build a programme with other works with the guitar which refer to the night and the dreamtime. Two of them are by composer who worked mostly in my city, Florence: the beautiful In nocte for violin and guitar written by Carlo Prosperi in 1964 (I’m going to play it in Florence on the 18th of November with Laura Bologna) and Barcarola per una culla (Barcarole for a cradle) written by the Italian guitarist-composer Alvaro Company (it will be performed for the first time in Poland on the 15th of September).

The final part of Britten’s Nocturnal is a long Passacaglia, so I will play at the beginning of some concerts a different Passacaglia as well: the second of the Three Spanish pieces (Tres piezas españolas) by Joaquin Rodrigo, and first of all I’ll play Dowland’s Come heavy sleep in a version with soprano (Anna Mikolajczyk in Warsaw and Sarina Rausa in Florence).

There will be other nocturnal works, for instance Rêverie by Aleksander Tansman, and some works by Schubert and De Falla I’m going to perform with soprano Sarina Rausa in the Florence concert, while a most vital aspect of the programmes will be represented by the Percussion-etude by Ganesh Del Vescovo (first performance in Poland on the 15th of September).

For the detailed programmes go to the page Live

Photo: Francesca Mondani