As part of CoMo - Como nel Mondo, each year the Teatro Sociale hosts an internationally recognised artist from the Como area. For this Season, the resident musical artist will be Mattia Petrilli, a famous flutist from Como and today First Flute of the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, who will perform a programme that traces the soloist's affective bond with his native Como, intertwining with the theme of the Night Season.
André Jolivet's Concerto for Flute and Strings is one of the classics of the 20th Century flute repertoire. Jolivet was a pupil of the great innovator Edgard Varèse, the most emblematic experimenter of his generation, and sought throughout his life, in his own words, "the bomb that would explode the musical world, creating a breach through which all sounds could penetrate, sounds that at the time - and sometimes even today - were called noises". Density 21,5 - the title alludes to the specific weight of the platinum with which Georges Barrére's then new instrument was constructed - is today considered the turning point in contemporary flute instrumental techniques and is a piece with which Mattia Petrilli has a special emotional bond. His father, architect Amedeo Petrilli (1945-2005), was particularly fond of this piece as he himself had a personal connection to Varèse and his acoustic experimentation. Already a pupil and collaborator of Le Corbusier, Amedeo Petrilli continued the latter’s research by exploring the link between architectural space and acoustics. His books include 'Acoustics and Architecture' in which the relationship between sound and space is addressed. The architectural space in which our familiar lexicon resonates and the cosmic space in which the echo of our planet fades away.
Charles Ives, with The Unanswered Question in the early 20th Century, had created the best-known musical representation of cosmic space: a repeated question from the trumpet silhouetted against the motionless horizon of the strings, echoed by an inconclusive attempt at an answer from men, again the flutes.
To close this flute journey through the 20th Century, it felt necessary to take a further step with a new commission from the Teatro Sociale di Como, which composer Gianvincenzo Cresta will dedicate to Mattia Petrilli: a personal synthesis of these themes measured against the soloist's extraordinary instrumental skills.
In the second part of the programme, the revolutionary composer par excellence - Ludwig van Beethoven - whose Symphony No. 1 Op. 21, dragged the whole of Western music into modernity at a stroke.