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The 72nd Malatesta Music Festival in Rimini is inaugurated in the sign of Dante
Relive the prophecy of cinema in Liszt's visionary 'Dante Symphonie'
Organizzato da: Comune di Rimini – Settore Cultura

Municipality of Rimini - Culture Sector Presents

"72. Malatesta Music Festival"
It opens in the sign of Dante 72nd Malatesta Music Festival in Rimini: the Galli TheaterSeptember 8 (9 pm) will host the homage of Franz Liszt to the universe of the Divine Comedy, the visionary "Dante-Symphonie”Dedicated to Richard Wagner.

For the inauguration of the Rimini event the score will be entrusted to the direction of Manlio Benzi on the podium of the Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic, with the participation of the female voices of the Choir of the Municipal Theater of Piacenza.

Among the romantic musicians Liszt was the only one who really knew Dante and read the Comedy in full. The idea of elaborating a large symphonic page dedicated to the poem took shape in the composer's mind when he was a guest of his mistress, Princess Carolyne Sayn-Wittgenstein, who followed the composition of the opera that runs through the world of the three canticles of the Comedy. Liszt thought of the German painter Bonaventura Genelli for the projection of a sequence of images during the performance of the music. Due to the exorbitant costs, the project was dropped and so the “Dante-Symphonie”, with the entry of a choir of female voices in the last section, was performed for the first time in 1857 in Dresden.

In Rimini the cycle of drawings by Bonaventura Genelli will find a meeting point with music thanks to screenings curated by Ezio Antonelli, to revive Liszt's own aspiration for an encounter between sound and visual languages thanks to a special diorama that was never made and which, in the intention of the Hungarian composer, seems to prefigure the future universe of cinema.


In Rimini the performance of the score dedicated by Liszt to Dante's Comedy is enriched by the projection of the drawings elaborated by Bonaventura Genelli in view of the realization of a grandiose diorama, never realized, which had thrilled the composer
The 72nd Malatesta Music Festival in Rimini is inaugurated in the sign of Dante


Arturo Toscanini Philharmonic Orchestra - Choir of the Municipal Theater of Piacenza -  Manlio Benzi, director - Corrado Casati, choir director - Projection of Dante's Outlines by Bonaventura Genelli by Ezio Antonelli


Franz Liszt, Dante-Symphonie (Eine Symphonie on Dantes Divina Commedia) S 109

Author: Sabine Frantellizzi

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