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ONLINE: The seasons in music

Wednesday 13th April at 19:00 CET

Le stagioni

Humanity has never ceased to feel amazed and inspired within art and culture by the infinite but very concrete cycle of the four seasons: symbol of impermanence of all things, materialization of the superior unity of diverse and contrasting elements, parallel of the sequence of the stages in human life and its eternal rebirth; these are just some examples of the meanings the seasons suggest to the eyes of philosophers and artists.

Music could not avoid being a tool for humanity to express its view of such a fascinating phenomenon, and the great fame of some of the works born out of it are a clear sign of how strong our connection with this idea is.

The great Four Seasons by Vivaldi will not be the only focus of our meeting: they will cross and stand aside of other similar, but sometimes very different pieces on the same topic.

Everyone is invited! The participation fee is 15€/person. For bookings or info please write to giacomo.mura92@gmail.com
Music won't sound the same!



ONLINE: Music and Mathematics, the divided sisters

Wednesday 16th March at 19:00 CET

Musica e Matematica

Even though it is pretty much known that music and maths are somehow related and have some elements in common, it is very surprising to find out how close, deep and essential their relationship is.

But then, how comes that music belongs to the so-called humanistic disciplines, while maths is on the scientific side? What set them apart?

In order to answer such fascinating, but challenging questions it will be necessary to throw ourselves into a time travel, from the root of the discoveries that bind numbers with sounds during the ancient Greek civilisation, through the different meanings, uses, levels and views that changed music between the medioeval and modern eras and the related transformations in arts and society in Europe.

Everyone is invited! The participation fee is 15€/person. For bookings or info please write to giacomo.mura92@gmail.com
Music won't sound the same!



ONLINE: The Tragic Feast in the opera tradition

Wednesday 16th February at 19:00 CET

Festivo e tragico

Dramatic plays always lived off big contrasts both on individual and collective level: life and death, good and evil, love and hatred.
On the operatic stage this happens even more, due to the empowering participation of music, which has the capability to stress contrasts to the very extreme.

It is therefore no surprise that in many, many operas of completely different periods and styles we find so often a general and celebrative rejoicing placed in close contact with tragic elements: through many centuries we see this kind of situation recurring very often, never failing in creating a huge emotional respone from the audience

This event will be dedicated to a showcase of all kind of variations on the theme of the tragic feast, every time with different tricks, thetrical strategies and meanings.

Everyone is invited! The participation fee is 15€/person. For bookings or info please write to giacomo.mura92@gmail.com
Music won't sound the same!



ONLINE: Goethe and Beethoven; the titans

Wednesday 19th January at 19:00 CET

Beethoven and Goethe

They are the greatest artistic minds of the entire German culture and destiny wanted them to live in the same years.
So, what did they think of each other?
They were both prophets of the future of their fields: literature for Goethe and music for Beethoven; they had both an incredible artistic sensitivity; they both gave a huge contribution to the cultural self-awareness of their country.
This said, it should be nothing less than natural for such characters to be in a friendly, fruitful, even close relationship.

Was this the case? Well, yes and no.
What does this mean? We will find out together in our quest of unveiling the shades of their strange human and artictic relationship

Everyone is invited! The participation fee is 15€/person. For bookings or info please write to giacomo.mura92@gmail.com
Music won't sound the same!



ONLINE: A festive talk: drunk music

Thursday 9th December at 19:00 CET

Music and wine

Jolly, merry, inebriated, stunned, sick, overwhelmed, alive.
Music can allure our senses, awaken new sensations and even make us lose control over ourselves. When we think about it, it has similar effects on us of alcohol. After all, many drunk people feel an irresistible need of singing.

How can we be surprised by the fact that so many composers expressed through music the inebriation given by wine?
Join me in this musically alcoholic meeting and we will discover a gold mine of stunning drunk masterpieces, able to make us feel jolly, merry, inebriated, stunned, sick, overwhelmed, alive.

There is no way your ears won’t get wasted!

Everyone is invited! The participation fee is 15€/person. For bookings or info please write to giacomo.mura92@gmail.com
Music won't sound the same!



ONLINE: J.S. Bach: the man, the composer, the professional

Tuesday 16th November 2021 at 19:00 CET

J.S. Bach

Noting is as immortal as Johann Sebastan Bach’s music. Little is as misterious as the man Johann Sebastian Bach.
Despite the gigantic amount of attention and study that in the past two centuries has been dedicated to this immense artist, there are still a lot of uncertainties about his biography, his real human personality and his relationship with his contemporary world.

Myths, lack of reliable sources and especially the intimidating aura of eternal and divine greatness that imbues his music, have contributed to create the image of a man-artist built on a tradition that can no longer satisfy a curious, historically-informed eye.

The quest of this evening will be to re-discover, re-evaluate and re-build a titanic and almost divinised character and make him a real, living man.
We are going to follow, understand and taste his stories, his adventures, his obsessions and the music born out of all this.

Everyone is invited! The participation fee is 15€/person. For bookings or info please write to giacomo.mura92@gmail.com
Music won't sound the same!



ONLINE: Music and Chronos

Wednesday 20nd October 2021 at 19:00 CET

Time

We live in and through Time. The ticking of a clock, the rising and fading of daylight, our own heartbeat: we feel its presence within such a large part of our existance.
As our life, music flows through time: it has a beginning, a path and an end; it does follow the step of a pulsation. It is, in a way, measurable.
Through the history of music though, the relationship between the composers’ view of the art of sounds and the passing of time changed a lot, touching opposed extremes and signaling goals and mindsets pointing towards very different poles.

Together we are going to explore the invisible but crucial link beetween these two necessary parts of our lives: music and Time.
Be ready for truths to be discovered and perspectives to be unveiled!

Everyone is invited! The participation fee is 15€/person. For bookings or info please write to giacomo.mura92@gmail.com
Music won't sound the same!



ONLINE: Music and the fairy tale

Wednesday 22nd September 2021 at 19:00 CET

Fairy tale

The fairy tale has always been an important part of human imagination and expression of deep streams of beliefs, dreams and superstitions. Whether it is named myth, fable, folklore or fairy tale, it is always charged with an overly strong evocative power alongside with a unique freshness.
Music could not avoid falling for the charm of the fairy tale and the supernatural. The art of sound, so deeply bound to the emotional and unconscious sphere, became aware and herald of the imaginative and its most hidden meanings.

The topic of the meeting will be the various and diverse musical expressions inspired to the world of the fairy tale, to their meanings and their nature of fresh cultural blood turned into high musical mastery.

Everyone is invited! The participation fee is 15€/person. For bookings or info please write to giacomo.mura92@gmail.com
Music won't sound the same!



ONLINE: Dance music in modern times

Tuesday 18th May 2021 at 19:00 CET

Stravinsky e Nijinsky

After its ascension to symbol and voice of entire countries during the XIX century, dance music finds itself in a role of primary importance when the new century comes: composers and artists observe and absorbe higher and lower traditions from the present and the past, looking for new ideas and creative inputs.
New winds of great innovations appeared in Paris during the "Belle Epoque", coming from the Russian culture, changing the very way of looking at the ballet and producing immortal masterpieces, incredibly new and original.

During this event we will explore great expressions through music and dance of dreams and nightmares of the troubled modern era and those fertile sorrows that gave birth to memorable moments of European culture.

Everyone is invited! The participation fee is 15€/person. For bookings or info please write to giacomo.mura92@gmail.com
Music won't sound the same!



ONLINE: heroes and heroines in the musical culture

Tuesday 20 April 2021 at 19:00 CET

Brünnhilde and Siegmund

From very ancient times many arts revolved around heroic characters. In literature and visual arts heroism found the most suitable and natural place to be told and celebrated, but through many centuries it had also in music a charming and important role.
Dreams, morals, ideals of an era: these find an incarnation into heroes and heroines. These values and their musical realisation changed a lot trough time, giving birth to a very diverse pantheon of human expression and musical worlds.

During our meeting we are going to follow the evolution of the heroic charm from ancient to modern times, and how great composers were able to express through music the values their heros and heroines incarnate.

ONLINE: Don Quixote in Richard Strauss's musical vision

Tuesday 16 March 2021 at 19:00

Don Chisciotte

A great classic, a masterpiece, a kaleidoscopic jewel talking about a real, ideal, suggestive, parodistic world: it is not possible to describe in just a bounch of words "Don Quixote of La Mancha" by Cervantes.
This novel, so vast and rich, in its being fragmentary but at the same time cohesive can be read at several levels and from different perspectives. Its deepest and innermost soul was very cleverly perceived by composer Richard Strauss, and transformed into a stately tone poem.

During our meeting we are going to travel together through this wonderful and complex music, looking at literal or metaphorical and spiritual connections with Cervantes's work, unveiling the deepest and most hidden secrets.



ONLINE: dance and art music through history

Tuesday 16th February 2021 at 19:00 CET

Ballo

Dance cannot avoid music, music can avoid dance. Through the passing of centuries art music sometimes embraced, sometimes took distance from the art of movement.
The relationship between these two disciplines was through History extremely varied, rich, always fresh and shaped by the most diverse elements: artistic, social, political and national.

In this event we are going to cruise through three centuries of music in order to follow the exciting rise of dance music within Europe and its musical soul, and the eternal and pulsating cultural mark it left, nourishing in the most diverse way the history of music with vibrant inspiration.

Music won't sound the same!



ONLINE: the political genesis of Gluck's reform

Tuesday 19th January 2021 at 19:00 CET

Gluck The history of music is an artistic process that was moved forward by changes in the style and musical language of composers, led by a genuine search for new ways of expression of the artist's inner world.
Still, being a human activity, framed within society and most of the times addressed to the upper classes in the first place, music could not avoid being influenced by politics and power, sometimes so radically as we would normally not believe possible.

In this meeting we will talk about the most important and incredible case of political interference in the history of music, that led to a turning point destined to mark its path forever: the reform of musical theater made by Gluck and Calzabigi.
Politics and art never came together with such complementary intents, shaping a very unique moment both storically and artistically. Let us find out how!

See you there. Music won't sound the same!



ONLINE: The symphony as a journey in Beethoven's vision

Tuesday 8th December 2020 at 19:00 CET

Symphony as a journey

The genre of the symphony is an icon of European classical music and by many seen as the pinnacle of the its whole history.
When talking about it the name of Beethoven is immediately summoned: after the stage of birth and early development of the symphony driven by Haydn and Mozart it was him who gave to this genre the majestic aura that makes it so unforgettable and meaningful.
Beethoven gave birth to one of the most powerful ways of conceiving the symphony, giving it a strong sense of progression and immersion that feels like a real inner journey.
Together we will dive into this conception of the symphony born from Beethoven’s vision, listening and analyzing the greatest and most effective masterpiece in this sense, his 5th symphony.

Music won’t sound the same!



The italian comic opera and the musical comedy

Tuesday 18th February at 19:00, Praterstraße 13/1/3

Opera buffa

The XVIII century has been full of changes and musical inventions of any kind, from the modern concept of orchestra and symphony to the birth of the classical style.
One of the most shiny and loved creations of this century is the comic opera, whose destiny has been a relatively short life, but rich of incredibly intense creativity, being on the table of undisputed masters like Mozart and Rossini.

After our music talk we will enjoy some chat together and of course a toast!

For those who feel like to go ahead and prepare for the meeting ad the music we will be talking about, here are the pieces we are going to listen together:

  1. Final duet of the first part of "La serva padrona" by G.b.Pergolesi
  2. "Son imbrogliato io", recitativo and aria from "La serva padrona" by G.b.Pergolesi
  3. Ending of the I act from "Così Fan Tutte" by W.A.Mozart
  4. Concertato from "L'italiana in Algeri" by G.Rossini
  5. "Miei rampolli femminini" from "La Cenerentola" by G.Rossini
  6. "Sì, ritrovarla io giuro" from "La Cenerentola" by G.Rossini
  7. "Tutto nel mondo è burla" from "Falstaff" by G.Verdi

See you there. Music won't sound the same!

The Waltz: birth and ascension

Tuesday 10th December at 19:00, Praterstraße 13/1/3


Coppia di ballerini Living in Vienna it is not possible not to be exposed to its most iconic dance: the Walzer.
Still, even though a portion of its history and characteristics is very well known, the great picture of its birth, development and end is much larger and richer. Together we are going to discover all of it, in a 150 year long trip through the lifetime of the most glorious dance of Europe.

After our music talk we will enjoy some chat together and of course a toast!

For those who feel like to go ahead and prepare for the meeting ad the music we will be talking about, here are the pieces we are going to listen together:

  1. "Tempo di minuetto" from W.A.Mozart's violin concerto n.5
  2. "Menuet" from F.J.Haydn's Symphony n. 104 (third movement)
  3. Ending of act I from "Don Giovanni" by W.A.Mozart
  4. "Un bal" from H.Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique (second movement)
  5. "Keiserwalzer" by J.Strauss II
  6. "Tanz der Sieben Scheiler" from R.Strauss's "Salomè"

See you there. Music won't sound the same!



Music as language and movement

Monday 25th November at 19:00, Praterstraße 13/1/3


Music as language and movement cover image Dynamic art, expression and communication, universal and mysterious language: music is all of this, familiar to everyone, but at the same elusive and complex.
Together we will get to know some of its hidden characteristics, in order to learn to listen to it with greater awareness and joy.

In the end of the musical trip we will enjoy a glass of wine and a chat to get to know each other and live a social moment

For those who feel like to go ahead and prepare for the meeting ad the music we will be talking about, here are the pieces we are going to listen together:

  1. "Ballsirenen", waltz by Franz Lehar
  2. "Piano concerto n 26", final movement, by W.A.Mozart
  3. "Die Hebriden" by Felix Mendelssohn

See you there. Music won't sound the same!



The ouverture: from Monteverdi to Prokofiev

Tuesday 5th November at 19:00, Praterstraße 13/1/3


L'ouverture sipario Our journey through this very loved genre will start at the very beginning of the Baroque century, when Claudio Monteverdi decided for the first time to start an opera with an instrumental piece.
We will follow its path through development and changes that the evolution of artistic taste and of composers' intentions necessarily brought with the passing of centuries, visiting Mozart, Beethoven, Mendellsohn and Weber, up to the XX century and Prokofiev, with the partial detatchment of the ouverture from the opera theater.

In the end of the musical trip we will enjoy a glass of wine and a chat to get to know each other and live a social moment

For those who feel like to go ahead and prepare for the meeting ad the music we will be talking about, here are the pieces we are going to listen together:

  1. "Toccata" from "L'Orfeo" by Claudio Monteverdi
  2. Ouverture da "Le nozze di Figaro" by W.A.Mozart
  3. Ouverture "Coriolan" by L.v.Beethoven
  4. Ouverture "The consecration of the house" by L.v.Beethoven
  5. Ouverture "Sommernachtstraum" by Felix Mendelssohn
  6. Ouverture da "Der Freischütz" by C.M.von Weber
  7. "Ouverture on hebrew themes" by Sergej Prokofiev

See you there. Music won't sound the same!