Mariani, Maria Gabriella: Pour Jouer, for Piano

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  • EAN Code: 0793597816283
  • Format: 1 Cd
  • Genre: Instrumental
  • Instrumentation: Piano
  • Period: Contemporary
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Pour jouer | dedicated to Aldo Ciccolini  (2011)Composition in three movements (Allegro, Andante, Allegro con Fuoco), appears apparently in the form of a Sonata, but in reality it is detached, because the themes of each movement are repeated, often in the form of variation. This work, like most of the music by Mariani, makes extensive use of variation, in an aesthetic and philological sense, at the same time. Therefore we can speak of a multi thematic approach rendered in contrapuntal form. Like a sort of Gaussian bell, each composition reaches an agogic point, which does not always coincide with a specific movement; from that moment on, each theme is repeated, recalled to memory, until it runs out and brings the whole structure back to its initial state. After all, the idea in E major of the first movement, is introduced by a chord similar to the one that concludes the last movement. This is not a case: if we consider that the first bars of the first movement constitute a sort of introduction and that the real beginning is just the one in E major, the whole composition has a circular and therefore infinite trend. The tonal choice does not want to indulge in a melodic approach tout court, rather it indicates the need to communicate as well as to represent a piece and also derives from the fact that often the author is executor of his pieces. This is not a distinctive or exclusive figure. For Mariani the basic plant is a kind of language on which she stops her ideas and from time to time intends to choose the one that most characterizes her composition. The choice of the title is also motivated by the relationship that the pianist Aldo Ciccolini had with France and the author wanted to play on the multiplicity of meanings and relevance that the word itself can have. As for the dedication, Pour jouer is not program music and therefore does not represent the portrait of Ciccolini; rather, let’s say that the latter becomes a starting point for reflection on the complex and intense artistic relationship with the author.

Hologram – Theme, 17 Variations and Finale with improvisation (2014)

The long subtitle makes it a composition that can be divided into two parts: the first part consists of a theme, variations and final; the second one of an improvisation on the subjects exposed and changed previously. The Mariani, as a child, before being able to read the notes, enjoyed playing impromptu performances that currently become encores, at the request of the public. From the stylistic point of view the cyclical value of her music must be reiterated, like an indistinct flowing that takes various forms and different characterizations, according to a motivational meter relationship with the surrounding context. In retrospect, as in Pour jouer and Fun Tango (2008) it is possible to recognize the atmospheres of ravelian memory, in this second passage we can see some motif that seems to echo the tarantella and some Mediterranean hues that re – emerge from the author’s memory in a completely unconscious way. The title indicates the intention to link each variation to the one that precedes it and ultimately to one another, especially in the final in which, as in Pour jouer, each theme and / or variation is re-proposed and integrated into a fabric that tends to orchestral symphonies. The same intent is also pursued in improvisation, in which references to a tonal setting are even more evident, probably also because it is difficult to recognize the precise structural parameters in an extemporaneous piece. For the author it was a very complex path, as in a certain sense obliged by the previously exposed themes: in practice the same improvisation wants to be a sort of macro variation of all the variations. Each variation is only a beam of laser light that is imprinted on a plate, readable in different sizes, and the surface of the plate seems to conceal infinite depths, one inside the other, all multidimensional.



Maria Gabriella Mariani: Italian pianist, composer, and writer, she studied first in Italy, then in France. Since 2008, in addition to holding concerts, she has also dedicated herself to the activity of composer. Her first CD Presenze (2008) contains seven solo piano works inspired by her first novel with the same title. In the same year she composes Fun Tango.Three radiant flows of a single matrix, a piano work in three movements, with which in 2017 won 3 Global Music Awards in Los Angeles both as an composer and a san interpreter. Her novel Imperfect Consonances is linked to Fun Tango, both published in 2010. In 2009 she composed Il Cielo s’inabissa (The sky sinks) and Traces, a piano sonata in three movements, and in 2014 recorded Riflessi (Reflections), solo piano pieces connected to the homonymous collection of stories written by her, focused on a fantastic wheel of time. In 2011 she dedicated to her Maestro Aldo Ciccolini the sonata Pour jouer (the only existing work written for the great Italian - French pianist) that performed in 2014 in his presence on the occasion of the institutional event “Tribute to Aldo Ciccolini”. The latter, after her performance, so expressed himself publicly: “I recognized myself very often during the execution of this piece, a masterly performance, which at the same time reveals a personality, like that of the Mariani, that is truly exceptional, with extraordinary pianistic means. I express my emotion, all my pathos in hearing to this monumental work dedicated to me”. In 2013 is the turn of Solo and In the name of the father and the son; the latter composition, a work for two voices, piano and chamber orchestra, is connected to the theatrical booklet of the same name written by Mariani also in the form of a novel. Her recent compositions are: Hologram - Theme, 17 Variations and Finale with improvisation (2014) and Kinderliana (2017), a collection of pieces connected to the Fairy Tales of Doracia, equally written by her. She has performed her compositions in the major Italian theaters, music conservatories, festivals and associations. Her music has been broadcast on RAI TRE, of Lugano, Radio Classica (“Il Pianista”) and have obteined flattering appreciations and reviews on authoritative music magazines. Some of her scores are published by Da Vinci Publishing in Osaka.


Maria Gabriella Mariani, Pianist: “I have two languages and many languages.” It is in this way that Maria Gabriella Mariani defines herself, and in fact music always and narrative writing since several years, are two sides of the same coin for her. Martha Argerich appreciates her musical nature: “An extremely interesting talent; sure, imaginative, very artistic, her way of playing is so varied, it is never predictable […], I love her Scarbo […] Her improvisations are extraordinary”, in which she has been experimenting since childhood. Her piano origins belong to the Neapolitan school of Vincenzo Vitale, although she soon distanced herself not so much from the school of Vitale, but from the concept of school in general. She studied with Aldo Ciccolini in Italy and in Paris and graduated with the “Excellent” judgment from the “Lorenzo Perosi” International Academy in Biella. She studied chamber music with Trio di Trieste, although she preferred to play solo. At the age of 14 she made her debut at the Rimini “Aterforum”, receiving significant reviews in newspapers from the most important Italian critics; a few years later she obtained a scholarship in Paris for having won the Lucca piano competition entitled to Liszt and subsequently received a Prize of the Senate of the Italian Republic. She was first classified in numerous national and international competitions. Among her musical works and CDs, presented throughout Italy, among others, A. Barizza, N. Cattò, L. Ciammarughi, G.P. Minardi L. Segalla, S. Valanzuolo, L.Valente, A. Zignani, took care of them and the Neapolitan musicologist composer and director Roberto De Simone who, in 2014, devotes to her an essay focused on the possible ways of composing today, where he states that "the music of Maria Gabriella Mariani could declare the possibility of today's creativity”. As a soloist she played for prestigious concert associations and theaters throughout Italy and abroad. Graduated in Literature, she wrote a thesis on Schumann entitled Schumann. Thought and fantasy and published scientific writings of music and literature and arts in collaboration with several Italian universities. Recently she was awarded in the USA with 4 Global Music Awards, as well as a composer, as an interpreter of French music, (Ravel Gaspard de la nuit) and of her piano works. Her works have received public and critical consent. Even Ciccolini, after listening to some of her music, expressed himself: “Her music reveals an very impressive creative sense, supported by exceptional piano-player skills and assisted by a complete mastery of the keyboard and by a search of tone-colour that is more unique than rare”

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