AN ITALIAN JOURNEY. The Italian Influence from the Baroque to the Twentieth Century.

Thursday 12 December 2019, 6.30-8PM.
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ITALIAN MUSIC OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY. A Journey through Italian Music from the Twentieth Century to the Present.
Friday 13 December 2019, 6.30-8PM.
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CO.AS.IT., 199 Faraday Street, Carlton, VIC 3053

FREE EVENTS. Light refreshments served. RSVP essential


The Italian Influence from the Baroque to the Twentieth Century.


Domenico Scarlatti (1660-1725) – Sonate (Selection)

Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) – Une caresse à ma femme

Frederick Chopin (1810-1849) – 4 Ballate (Selection)

Franz Liszt (1811-1886) – Italie from “Années de pèlerinage” (Selection)

Nino Rota (1911-1979) – Preludi (Selection)

Join us in a musical journey across three centuries, in which we meet Italian composers who played an important role in the history of music, as well as composers who were strongly inspired by Italian music and culture. The brilliant harpsichordist and composer Domenico Scarlatti secured his place in history with 555 Sonatas which are still a fundamental part of the standard repertoire of all pianists. In the 19th century Italian music gave its best in the field of opera with the bel canto of Rossini, Bellini and Donizetti, which was admired and performed throughout Europe. Chopin and Liszt were the most famous pianists and composers of the Romantic period. Despite their very different, almost opposite approach to their instrument, they both influenced and permanently changed the history of the piano, and both were inspired by Italian culture. Chopin was dazzled by his first experience of the performance of an opera by Bellini and always sought to reproduce bel canto on the piano; Liszt, known for having a more virtuoso and exuberant pianistic style, composed some truly poetical pieces inspired by works of Italian art (Raphael’s painting “The Marriage of the Virgin”, Michelangelo’s sculpture “The Thinker”) and Italian literature (Sonnets by Petrarch, the Inferno from Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy). We shall conclude our journey with a composer who is better known for his film music rather than for his classical production – Nino Rota.


A Journey through Italian Music from the Twentieth Century to the Present.


Ildebrando Pizzetti (1880-1968) – Sogno

Ottorino Respighi (1879-1936) – Notturno 

Alfredo Casella (1883-1947) – Deux Contrastes 

Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882-1973) – Risonanze 

Nino Rota (1911-1979) – Preludi (Selection)

Niccolò Castiglioni (1932-1996) – Sonatina

Luciano Berio (1925-2003) – Six Encores (Selection)

This program will explore Italian music and its development during the 20th century, featuring some of the most celebrated composers, as well as lesser known ones. The totalitarian regimes of the 20th century have left their mark on the history of countries such as Italy and Germany, not only from a historical and social point of view but also in the arts. The generation of the eighties (Pizzetti, Respighi, Malipiero and Casella) looked back at the classical past as their source of inspiration, with the intention of making a clean break with the tradition of realist melodrama, which had dominated the Italian scenes for a very long time. After them, Italian music took different paths: Nino Rota, Casella’s pupil, well-known worldwide for his film music (The Godfather, La dolce vita), was also a very prolific classical composer; composer Niccolò Castiglioni, who experimented with all styles, from classicism to dodecaphony, developed a personal approach, which often made use of tonal systems; Luciano Berio, born during the Fascist period but brought up on ideals in stark contrast with those of the dictatorship, was part of the ‘new’ generation, which strove to cancel the past through its music. Berio’s student, Ludovico Enaudi, is one of the most popular living Italian composers. He started out as a classical composer, but then started to incorporate elements from pop, rock and folk music. And we couldn’t omit another one of the most famous Italian composers of today, Ennio Morricone.


The young Italian pianist Lucia Brighenti has cultivated her passion for music from a very early age. Starting her studies with a focus on solo playing, she has also developed her love for chamber music forming The Brio Duo, Zaphyre Duo, Trio con Brio and collaborating regularly with other musicians. Lucia graduated with honours from the Conservatorio Statale “O. Respighi” in Latina under the guidance of Maria Paola Manzi and completed a Master of Arts in Performance (Piano Accompaniment) at the Royal Academy of Music( London) with Michael Dussek and Carole Presland. Lucia then attended a postgraduate course in chamber music with the Trio di Parma and completed summa cum laude a postgraduate course in piano under the guidance of Roberto Paruzzo, with a thesis on Chopin’s Italian lyricism. Lucia has taken part in masterclasses with musicians such as Lluis Claret, Mario Brunello, Natalia Gutman, Maxim Vengerov, Kathryn Stott, Thomas Brandis, Helmut Deutsch, Angelika Kirschlager, Dirk Mommertz, Emanuele Arciuli and Frieder Berthold. Winner of various prizes in national and international competitions, both as a soloist (Concorso Internazionale “Premio Accademia”, Concorso “Città di Rocchetta”, Concorso Pianistico “Lia Tortora”, Premio Miglior Diplomato “Regione Lazio” 2011/2012) and in chamber music (Concorso “Riviera Etrusca” and Concorso Internazionale “Premio Accademia” 2016), Lucia has performed in Italy and abroad, including in Mexico, Germany, Holland, the United Kingdom, the USA and Spain. Lucia has been invited to perform as a soloist with orchestras such as the Orquesta Sinfonica del Estado de Mexico and the Orchestra Giovanile Bertolucci and has appeared on National Spanish TV on the programme Clasica 7 with a live stream of a concert held at the Real Casino of Murcia. In 2018 she was awarded the Charles F. Bruny Fellowship to take part in the Garth Newel Emerging Artist Fellow Programme in the USA. She currently works as a Collaborative Pianist for Instrumentalists at the Conservatorio “G. Cantelli” in Novara and at the Talent Music School Master Courses in Verona. She has worked as a Collaborative Pianist for Instrumentalists at the Conservatorio “G. Verdi” in Milan, as well as at the summer course The Art of Cello (2015) by Christian Bellisario.  Versatile and interested in exploring different styles, so as to create original programs which may attract general audiences and acquaint them with the classical tradition, in October 2013 Lucia recorded the album “Object de vertu” by Bob Jones in the Abbey Road Studios, an experience which gave her the chance to explore a style close to jazz.