Overtures and Macaroni

22.08., 6:00 pm – Overtures and Macaroni
Concert Hall in CKK Jordanki / Tickets: PLN 25 (BUY TICKET)

Toruń Orkiestra Symfoniczna
Adam Banaszak – conductor
Wojciech Pławner – conductor-in-residence

F. von Suppe - Light Calvary Overture
Rossini - Semiramide Overture
Rossini - La Cenerentola Overture
Rossini - The Thieving Magpie Overture
Rossini - The Barber of Seville Ouverture
Verdi - La traviata, Prelude to Act III
Verdi - Nabucco Overture

Inspiration can sometimes be conceived under duress, as in the case of Gioacchino Rossini, who all too often created his works under time pressure, which can be confirmed by his words: “There is no better stimulus that prepares the ground for inspiration than working under duress, either from the presence of a copyist waiting for your work, or from the impresarios who keep rushing you while pulling their hair out. In my time, all the Italian impresarios had gone bald by the time they were in their thirties (...). I wrote the overture to The Thieving Magpie on the day it premiered, and this happened when I was already in the theatre, where the director imprisoned me under the watchful eye of four typists”. The concert success of the overture to The Thieving Magpie will only be repeated by the overture to Semiramide. Rossini loved duels with time. He signed a contract for The Barber of Seville with Teatro Argentina on 26 December 1815, committing himself to deliver the score... in mid-January the following year. No wonder that the overture was borrowed from an earlier Rossini opera: Elizabeth, Queen of England... Well, necessity is the mother of ‘invention’.

Giuseppe Verdi also liked to write in a hurry, which he confessed in the words: “To write well, you have to be able to write quickly, as if at one breath, leaving all the adaptations, embellishments, and cleaning of the whole for later. Otherwise, composing an opera intermittently puts it at risk of making it look like a mosaic, devoid of style and character”. Nabucco and Traviata are certainly not musical works that we could refer to as musical patchworks. Both operas are masterful, and their overtures are a tasty prelude to a feast created from the spirit of the theatre. The overture to The Light Cavalry operetta by the Austrian composer Franz von Suppé is definitely lighter in character. 


Aneta Derkowska, PhD


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