BRUNO MADERNA (1920-1973): Musica su due dimensioni for Flute and Tape, Flute Concerto ("G. Monaco" Philharmonic Orchestra; Marcello Panni), Cadenza da "Dimensioni III" for Solo Flute, Flute and Piano: Honeyrêves, Divertimento in due tempi, Per Caterina, Serenata für Claudia (latter two arr. Fabricciani), Serenata per un satellite for 2 Flutes (Lusiella Botteon [flutes]).
Catalogue Number: 10P061
Description: Musica su due dimensioni of 1952 was Maderna's first experiment with electronic music, and one of the first electroacoustic works by any composer. The interaction between the tape part and the flute is limited; the former consists of an introduction and postlude of sounds produced by a primitive synthesizer of the time, layered using the limited tape overdubbing techniques available, while the latter plays a central 'cadenza' with a distinctive melodic contour. The 1958 composition, an entirely separate work, is much more ambitious in the construction of the tape part, which now accompanies the flute soloist throughout. The flute part is also more varied in expression, with a real sense of the two dimensions genuinely interacting, an impression enhanced by the inclusion of pre-recorded flute material in the electronic part. Interestingly, Honeyrêves bears a similar relationship to the Divertimento, although both are for flute and piano; the earlier piece is a more conventional serial-melodic work with an almost classical relationship between the two instruments, while the later makes extensive use of extended techniques, especially for the piano, and has a much more virtuosic and texturally varied flute part. The brief concerto, a structurally rigorous serial work, juxtaposes intricate and complex tutti textures with a beguiling chamber music dimension to allow the melodic quality of the delicate, intimate flute part. The orchestra is gradually won over by the soloist, with the demonstrative vigor of the opening tutti progressively giving way to lighter, accompanimental textures and a more relaxed pulse. The other small works each have their technical challenges, but above all emphasize the quasi-vocal expressive capabilities of the flute. Serenata per un satellite, a work celebrating the 1969 launch of a research satellite, involves elements of chance in duration and instrumentation, and is here performed on five members of the flute family played by Fabbriciani and superimposed. The tiny pieces (arranged for flute) for the composer's daughters show a charmingly domestic side of the composer's personalities; both are simple songlike melodies with gentle piano accompaniment. Roberto Fabbriciani (flutes), Massimiliano Damerini (piano).