Composer(s): Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Artist(s): Giovanni De Cecco, Clavichord
For nearly two centuries Mozart’s sonatas have been one of the main key points with which pianists have used to measure themselves in some way, whether they are used as exercises, études, concert pieces, thoroughly explored or superficially played, adapted or transcribed for different formations. They are and remain one of the main starting points to understand Mozart’s pianism and an insight into the intimacy of his being a composer, in a way that is not too different from Haydn’s sonatas of the same period. Many scholars have advanced hypotheses that they are nothing more than a way of fixing on paper what afterward Mozart, in his famous improvisations, would use only as a base to amaze his audience. While this might have some historical truth, it is undeniable that most of them constitute such a precise musical microcosm, whose structure is so finely chiseled that it would be very difficult to imagine how a virtuous development would have been of any improvement to the poetics that from every page, seems to be moving continuously.[…] (Translation by Luisa Antonelli)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: (b Salzburg, 27 Jan 1756; d Vienna, 5 Dec 1791). Austrian composer, son of Leopold Mozart. His style essentially represents a synthesis of many different elements, which coalesced in his Viennese years, from 1781 on, into an idiom now regarded as a peak of Viennese Classicism. The mature music, distinguished by its melodic beauty, its formal elegance and its richness of harmony and texture, is deeply coloured by Italian opera though also rooted in Austrian and south German instrumental traditions. Unlike Haydn, his senior by 24 years, and Beethoven, his junior by 15, he excelled in every medium current in his time. He may thus be regarded as the most universal composer in the history of Western music.
De Cecco, Giovanni (Clavichordist), He studied privately with Venetian organist Maestro Giovanni Ferrari, and then graduated in piano from the “Benedetto Marcello” Conservatory in Venice with Anna Barutti. Meanwhile he graduated in Philosophy from the “Ca’Foscary” University of the same city.
He started his musical career with ethnomusicological journeys following Bela Bartók’s footsteps in Romania, studying Romanian nd Hungarian traditional music.
He is a passionate player of historical keyboards, primarily clavichord, above all of the galant style and Sturm und Drang repertoire.
He has performed in Germany, Hungary, Austria, Romania, Italy, Sweden, Czech Republic, Iran, Turkey, the United States, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong.
He combines his activity as a concert performer with his work as a teacher in numerous master classes, especially in Asia.