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Man with a Mission – Francesco La Vecchia talks to Jeremy Siepmann

July 1, 2011


Francesco La Vecchia

To say that Francesco La Vecchia is synonymous with Italian music would be stretching a point. Life, let alone musical life, is never that simple. Indeed the very term ‘Italian music’ is next to meaningless. Italy was effectively the cradle of European music. For centuries the only language (the only verbal language) known to music was Latin. And our musical terminology to this day is dominated by Italian: concerto, sonata, aria, opera, allegro, andante, crescendo, diminuendo, rallentando, prestissimo, spiccato, legato, pizzicato, col legno…the words and terms come tumbling out in inexhaustible profusion. The Italian repertoire is the oldest and largest in existence. Much of it is among the best known and most performed in the world. Palestrina, Monteverdi, Corelli, Vivaldi, Scarlatti, Rossini, Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi are all household names. They need no special pleading. How different from the many Italian composers of the late 19th and early 20th century who worked for decades in relative obscurity, neglected in their own country as much as in the outside world. This is where La Vecchia comes in. For some considerable time he has devoted a large part of his energies to righting this wrong. At home and around the world he has flown the flag of his great compatriots, expanding horizons wherever he goes. Yet this was not a cause that gripped him early. Nor did he always aspire to conduct. Read more










 
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