Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882-1973)
Gian Francesco Malipiero (1882-1973), was one of the most creative Italian composers within the so called “Generazione dell’Ottanta” (Generation of the Eighties). Student at the Marco Enrico Bossi Liceo Musicale of Bologna, he began self-taught, studying the Italian masters of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In 1908 he perfected at the Hochschule in Berlin and later came into contact with the cultural environment in Paris meeting Alfredo Casella, Maurice Ravel and Gabriele D’Annunzio. He devoted the next 50 years of his life to teaching and composition. The piano pieces presented here give us an idea of his great spirit of creative innovation that, with the basics well anchored in the musical tradition (in fact Malipiero took care of the publication of the complete works of Claudio Monteverdi and Antonio Vivaldi), he was able to give new life to the writing of chamber and symphonic music that in those days was painfully resuming his way after the dominance of the rampant Italian melodrama. Today we discover these beautiful pages thanks to the piano by Sabrina Alberti, great and sensitive interpreter, highly specialized in the repertoire of this historical period.