La lirica di Saffo sullo sfondo delle tragedie belliche / Sappho's poetry against the backdrop of war tragedies

TitleLa lirica di Saffo sullo sfondo delle tragedie belliche / Sappho's poetry against the backdrop of war tragedies
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsScalfaro, A
EditorRocconi, E
Ancient AuthorsSappho Lyr. (TLG 0009)
Book TitleLa musica nell'Impero Romano: Testimonianze teoriche e scoperte archeologiche = Music in the Roman Empire: Theoretical Evidence and Archaeological Findings
Pagination169-176
PublisherPavia University Press
CityPavia
ISBN9788896764022
Abstract

During the fascist years, classical culture (in particular the Latin one) was an essential element of the dominant ideology. In the musical field, the ideal of Classicity was realized both in the choice of the song texts or the subjects for the operas, and in the reevaluation of Italian ancient musical traditions. In the early Forties, instead, the reference to the Classical culture (in this case to the Greek one) in Due liriche di Saffo, for voice and piano, by Goffredo Petrassi (1941) and in Cinque frammenti di Saffo, for voice and chamber orchestra, by Luigi Dallapiccola (1942) had completely different effects. These songs, which set music to Salvatore Quasimodo’s translations into Italian of some Greek poetry, far from introducing archaizing elements and emphatic tones in the writing, delivered a rarefied and fascinating atmosphere, thus becoming a test-bed of audacious experimentation. Establishing the historical context, sifting through the documentation of Petrassi and Dallapiccola and analysing the poetic texts and some meaningful passages of the songs, this paper tries to recognize and interpret the new and intense relationship that the two young composers established with the Classical culture, against the backdrop of war tragedies. [p. 169]

Notes

Music in the Roman Empire contains the Proceedings of the Second Annual Meeting of MOISA, The International Society for the Study of Greek and Roman Music and its Cultural Heritage, Cremona, Aula Magna, Facoltà di Musicologia, Università degli Studi di Pavia, 30-31 ottobre 2008.

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