Bologna Festival offers a new streaming music initiative, 7 Short Music Lessons. Seven musical conversations, with performances on the piano, entrusted to Giovanni Bietti, composer, musicologist and pianist, well-known voice of Rai Radio 3, among the most popular Italian music communicators.
Preview videos for subscribers and supporters of the Bologna Festival, starting from Monday 25 May the videos will be available to everyone, on a weekly basis, on the website www.bolognafestival.it.
Through readings, comments and performances on the piano, each meeting highlights particular aspects of the music of some great composers who lived between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin.
It starts with Bach between French and Italian style, probing the French and Italian influences in his keyboard style, then moving on to Mozart’s Sonatas and Piano Concerts. In this year of celebrations, Beethoven, a composer who rose to an almost mythical dimension, could not miss. Almost his contemporary, Schubert pursues a new vision of musical time, a dreamlike time that expands without following rectilinear paths. They are “the divine lengths” of Schubert, the subject of the sixth lesson. At the end of the cycle, in the first week of July, a portrait of Chopin and a path in his piano production, the most aphoristic and dreamy one of melancholy elegance.
The initiative is carried out with the support of HERA.
Monday 25 May
lesson n.1 Bach between French and Italian style
Monday 1 June
lesson n.2 Mozart’s piano: the Sonatas
Monday 8 June
lesson n.3 Mozart’s piano: the Concerts
Monday 15 June
lesson n.4 Beethoven: the “heroic style”
Monday 22 June
lesson n.5 Beethoven: the “late style”
Monday 29 June
lesson n.6 The “divine lengths” of Schubert
Monday 6 July
lesson n.7 Chopin: fragments and nostalgia