Classical music became part of the Scuola Normale almost forty years ago, when the presence of music in universities was practically unheard of.
Gilberto Bernardini, then Director of the Normale, considered music an integral part of scientific and humanistic culture and intellectual enrichment and thought that as such it should also be part of the Scuola Normale.
Thanks to the synergy between Bernardini and Maestro Piero Farulli – who wanted to open the university to musical culture – in 1967 the Concerts of the Normale were inaugurated by the Quartetto Italiano, an ensemble which has left a profound mark on the history of musical interpretation.
From 1967 to today – under the management first of Piero Farulli, followed by that of Andrea Mascagni (1987-1993) and of Carlo de Incontrera (1993 – 2013) and currently of Jeffrey Swann – the concert season has become a tradition at the Scuola Normale. This tradition includes a choir, the Coro Vincenzo Galilei, also introduced by Farulli some 30 years ago as an integral part of his musical programme.
These forty years of activity have always been characterized by both tradition and innovation: on the one hand there has always been space reserved for music from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance, up to the Baroque period, and on the other hand attention has always been given to modern and contemporary productions.
Another relevant element has been the importance which has been given from the beginning to young musical talent. Initially the concerts included a young string quartet from the Music School of Fiesole; subsequently every season has included concerts by students from the Music Academy of Imola.
The variety of each season’s repertoire ensures that students and public alike are encouraged to develop good taste and sensitivity towards music.
The Concerts of the Normale provide a season of varying musical periods and styles, of instrumental interpretation and shifting composition genres – even by the same composer – which help participants better assess and understand the innovative and experimental expression of contemporary music.
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We are defining the upcoming concert season, which we will be happy to present to you as soon as possible on these pages.
Most recent appointment:
martedì 23 febbraio 2016, ore 21.00
Teatro Verdi, Pisa
Sarah Dayan | violino
Cécile Roubin | violino
Guillaume Becker | viola
Lydia Shelley | violoncello
Bach, Respighi, Maxwell Davies , Dvořák
Stravinskij, Casella, Cilea, Cowell, Sakamoto, Antheil
Gershwin, Anderson, Rota, Musorgskij