“Mutmassungen on Stravinsky.” Thirty watercolor drawings
Presentation by Claudio Strinati
Thursday, June 3, 2021
Benedetto Marcello Conservatory. Pisani Palace.
On the occasion of:
Stravinsky in/and Italy. Day dedicated to the memory of Igor’ Stravinsky on the 50th anniversary of his death (1971-2021)
Igor’ Fëdorovič Stravinsky had his second and most accomplished funeral in St. John and Paul on April 15, 1971, after the one in New York a few days earlier. A procession of gondolas accompanied him to St. Michael’s Island, where he now rests beside his wife Vera and his mentor Djagilev.
His inventive and creative research, connoted for three quarters the course of the so-called “short century,” not only musically.
Stravinsky’s work shows an iron artistic consistency marked by the conviction that the forms and styles of the past have now lost absolute validity. Stravinsky’s constant then becomes parody. A bewitching parody that adapts creations born in different times and places to the mentality, now dominant in the West, of metalanguage.
The intention of this day aspires to reconsider this experience today, offering some new historiographical contributions to the theme of Stravinsky’s relationship with Italy and with the charge of ancient seduction expressed by Venice.
The day is sponsored by the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti and the Italian Institute for the History of Music, in collaboration with the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory and the Gaetano Pompa Family.
Curators of the initiative: Claudio Consolo, President of the Italian Institute for the History of Music and full member of the Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere ed Arti; Marcello Panni, Composer and conductor.