Alfredo Casella: La Giara

Alfredo Casella La Giara
La Giara

Alfredo Casella: La Giara

Year of composition:
1924
Composer:
Alfredo Casella
Text author:
Luigi Pirandello
Soloists:
tenor
Instrumentation:
2 2 2 2 - 4 2 1 0 - timp, perc(2), str
Instrumentation details:
2·2·2·2 - 4·2·1·0 - timp., perc. - str.
Scenery:
1
Duration:
40’
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Work introduction

This one-act, choreographic comedy was written in 1924 for Rolf de Maré’s Ballets Suédois in Paris; Casella made a 20-minute orchestra suite from it that same year. It consists of eight movements, two of them lasting almost five minutes each, while two others are only 30 seconds long; the other movements are rousing, witty and surprising in their effects.

Casella infuses the score with familiar Sicilian folk-tunes, such as Chiòvu and La storia della fanciulla rapita dai pirati, including an (optional) yearning tenor solo in Sicilian dialect.

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