Cees Nooteboom; anon, translations by Louis Andriessen and Monica Germino (E,I)
2(I&II=picc).2.0.bcl.dbcl.0-188.8.131.52-perc(2):vib extended with glsp/xyl/cel/2 cowbells/tamb/guiro/large whip/2 h.bells(small)/SD/2bongos/large split drum(2 pitches)/BD(large)/3 metal objects(brake drums)/2cyms(large)/gong/Chinese gong-harp-pft-cymbalom(amplified to balance pft&harp)-strings(min.184.108.40.206.2, max.220.127.116.11.2)
Violin solo part includes use of voice; both violin and voice should be amplified
MiTo Festival, Teatro Dal Verme, Milan
Monica Germino, violin / London Sinfonietta / David Atherton
When Enzo Restagno asked me to write a piece for this year’s MITO Festival, I was honoured. In the early sixties I lived in Italy for a year, and ever since then I have felt a strong bond with that country.
In La Girò, a piece for violin and ensemble, I am musing about a composer I admire a lot: maestro Antonio Vivaldi. The title refers to Anna Girò, Vivaldi’s favourite singer who, together with her sister, lived in his house for some time.
The piece would not have become the 'performance' it is without the violinist Monica Germino. The soloist (La Girò, perhaps?) does not only play the violin. She also sings an Italian song, whispers and talks, tells stories and dreams.
The ensemble consists of a small chamber orchestra, with an added piano, harp, cymbalom and some percussion.
The piece has four parts. The first three form a kind of concertino. The actual musical drama takes place in the fourth, slow part.
The work is dedicated to Monica Germino.
— Louis Andriessen
This program note may be reproduced free of charge in concert programs with a credit to the composer.