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CUTICCHIO Giacomo - Quaderno di Danze e Battaglie dell'Opera dei Pupi
CUTICCHIO Giacomo
Quaderno di Danze e Battaglie dell'Opera dei Pupi

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My Quaderno di Danze e Battaglie del l’Opera dei Pupi [Notebook of Dances and Battles for the Sicilian Puppet Theater] is a homage to the work of Sicilian puppeteers and their creatures, evoked through sound-signals, enchantments and hints which emerge from both the harmonies and rhythms of the music.

Giacomo Cuticchio was born in Palermo, in 1982. He is a composer, a pianist and has his roots in one of the strongest and liveliest Sicilian theatrical traditions. Son and grandson of puppet masters, his artistic training took place among chivalric dreams, lost and adventurously recovered minds, battles and reigning kings, passions and morality. By chance, Giacomo discovered Philip Glass’ music at a very young age, and this, coupled with his lasting attraction to early music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, showed him the way forward. They constituted ideal foundations for his research into the roots of music, along the same lines as his father Mimmo’s previous innovations on the basis of the Opera.


My Quaderno di Danze e Battaglie del l’Opera dei Pupi [Notebook of Dances and Battles for the Sicilian Puppet Theater] is a homage to the work of Sicilian puppeteers and their creatures, evoked through sound-signals, enchantments and hints which emerge from both the harmonies and rhythms of the music. The Ouverture – as is typical of the form – introduces the action and and themes of chivalric exploits developed in the subsequent pieces. Arditi e Trame [Bold Deeds and Plots] is a musical representation of the ‘review’ of the French Paladins, the traditional parade of Charlemagne’s knights, followed by noble ladies and squires … until the sound of the ‘battle trumpet’ announces the assault of an enemy army and the consequent preparation for Battaglia [Battle]. A calm somewhere between tension and withdraw characterizes the next piece, Pene d’amore perdute [Love’s Labor’s Lost], suspended between the delicacies of courtly love and the severity of the ethical paradigms. The final piece introduces the listener to the Fabbrica degli Incantesimi [Enchantment Factory] in which the ‘fantastic’ elements of Sicilian puppet theater – powerful wizards, masters of enchantments and spells – take form. The Rapsodia Fantastica [Fantastic Rhapsody] that closes the program, interpreted by Chiara Andrich with her fitting and affectionate video images, is a freely articulated composition in which I leave the work, rhythms and atmosphere of this family theater to speak for themselves.
Giacomo Cuticchio

Giacomo Cuticchio was born in Palermo, in 1982. He is a composer, a pianist and has his roots in one of the strongest and liveliest Sicilian theatrical traditions. Son and grandson of puppet masters, his artistic training took place among chivalric dreams, lost and adventurously recovered minds, battles and reigning kings, passions and morality. It also resides firmly within a frame of extreme rigidity and attention to details that is so characteristic of the theatrical activity of his family. By chance, Giacomo discovered Philip Glass’ music at a very young age, and this, coupled with his lasting attraction to early music from the Renaissance and Baroque eras, showed him the way forward. They constituted ideal foundations for his research into the roots of music, along the same lines as his father Mimmo’s previous innovations on the basis of the Opera. Going beyond solely linguistic rules in music, Giacomo Cuticchio searches for immediacy of emotion, looking for the most suitable forms in structural, archetypal plots. So much attention to the ultimate principles linked to the birth of the music brings with it an interest for the sound, in its own right and in relationship to human existence, constantly fed by live improvisation on a musical instrument.



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1. Ouverture
2. Arditi e Trame
3. Battaglia
4. Pene d'Amore Perdute
5. La Fabbrica degli Incantesimi
6. Incanto
7. Autoritratto di Astolfo
8. Finale
9. Visione ed Estasi
10. Scherzo

 
 
 
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