GIOVANNI PIACENTINI: Preludio de un Diamante (2014​)​, II. Sala de Espera Adios

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It is a very satisfactory and, unfortunately, not a very common occurrence, to have a piece of music come together so naturally and swiftly. This piece, “Preludio de Un Diamante” commissioned by the sTem trio, is an example of this joyous phenomena. As soon as I thought of the adequate text to set to music, the vision of a work by, not only a living author but also a young one, seemed like a fresh response to an already saturated repertoire of classic literature.

Alzati’s poetry is raw, vivid and full of muscle. I looked for a way to highlight these traits by contrasting the heavy text with a light yet harmonically haunting accompaniment. The strong and at times psychedelic imagery suggested by all three movements are injected into the audience by the voice, echoed by the shadow and ethereal presence of the clarinet and embraced by the piano. The personal nature of the lyric and the “in your face” attitude it projects, called for a less active, more textural canvas where the “loud” words could be engraved on.

- Giovanni Piacentini


II. “Sala de Espera a Dios” (“Waiting Room for God”)

I am the boy who doesn’t know the abyss
He who heard the voice of the devil
He who could picture him in “blue-ray” detail
I am he who renounced the throne
It so happens that I preferred to dance with the hopeless on New Years
And read the Bibles in no order
I am the boy who is no longer
He who became a lion on the hill
I am he who is no longer a boy
I am just a man
And yes, she
She is my woman


from Lieder​/​Canciones, released September 1, 2016
Text by Fausto Alzati



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