GIOVANNI PIACENTINI: Preludio de un Diamante (2014​)​, III. Fiebre

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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


III. Fiebre (Fever)

She sprang in me the most broken and improbable flower
Mud of foreign words
Cumulous of an opaque story
The terror, like a loathing in the bronchi
And its thorns pierce through my lung
She sprang inadvertently
Always announced by breaths
Its riverbed, at the end of the delirium from the loss of spinning suns
I have cried again and again
Each time older and clumsier
But to recover the humor,
One must stop being the joke.


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



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