The four-handed piano of two Italian musicians in Washington, DC

Sep 26, 2023 517

Elena Buttiero and Anita Frumento, Italian musicians from Liguria, are the protagonists of three concerts in Washington D.C. The events are promoted by the Allegro con Moto Association of Savona in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington, The Italian Cultural Society of Washington, by Georgetown University and by the D.I.V.E. Association (Italian Women Living Abroad).

The pianists will present different programs of particular interest. Tuesday 10 October Buttiero and Frumento will perform two concerts: at 12.10 pm at the Church of Epiphany for the “Tuesday Concert Series” season at 4.30 pm in the McNeir Auditorium of Georgetown University. The concert will be introduced by Prof. Francesco Ciabattoni of the Italian Department.

In these concerts they will present the entitled program

"The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri by Cesare San Fiorenzo and his friendship with Giuseppe Verdi", the result of an in-depth research study in the musicological field which led the pianists to rediscover the score of the Genoese composer Cesare San Fiorenzo, original for piano four hands. The score, forgotten for more than 100 years, offers extraordinary and evocative melodies very close to the operatic world of the great composer Giuseppe Verdi. A strong bond of friendship was born between the two musicians. The program also includes some late nineteenth-century transcriptions of Verdi's opera arias from La Traviata and Il Trovatore.

Friday 13 October at 6.30 pm the pianists will perform at Westmoreland Congregational United Church di Bethesda, MD.

The second program presented, entirely dedicated to "feminine" music, is entitled "Women's music talks about women" and tells of the emancipation of women in the musical field between the nineteenth and twentieth centuries through figures such as the Venezuelan Teresa Carreño, virtuous and refined composer, or like the American Amy Beach, the French Mel Bonis, Cécile Chaminade and Marie Jaëll, and the German Fanny Hensel Mendelsshon. Courageous women, of immense talent, who fought for their affirmation and, in a certain sense, for that of all women. The show ends with a tribute to Teresa Procaccini representing Italian women composers.

Elena Buttiero, graduated in piano at the Turin Conservatory, has given concerts in many Italian cities, in Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, France, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Romania, the United States, Canada, Tanzania, Argentina and Uruguay. She has recorded the Continental Reel and A Cheap Present CDs as harpist with the Birkin Tree ensemble. With the mandolinist Carlo Aonzo she released two CDs: Il mandolino italiano nel Settecento and Fantasia poetica with romantic repertoire. In 2009 the Duo obtained the Regional Award for the section. Culture, organized by the Liguria Region. She published the cd Arethusa Consortium, the cd Saluti dall'Italia and Lontano nel mondo – Storia di Luigi Tenco with Ferdinando Molteni. In 2021 she released La ghironda alla corte di Francia with Francesaco Giusta. In the field of didactics she published methods of solfeggio and piano for the publisher Carisch / Hal Leonard. She is the artistic director of the Allegro con Moto Association and of the Mozart Savona Association.

Anita Frumento obtained the II Level Academic Diploma in Piano and Chamber Music with full marks and honors at the Conservatory of Genoa and the Conservatory of Piacenza. She is a pianist and managing member of the APS Nuovi Contesti Sonori of Clusone (Bg), where she actively participates in concert and teaching activities and in the creation of original shows. Always dedicated to teaching and training, she obtained the Master of Arts in Music Pedagogy at the Conservatory of Italian Switzerland in Lugano. She teaches at the MAT Artistic Center in Lugano (Switzerland) and she is a tenured piano teacher at the Liceo Musicale of Albenga (Sv).

In 2022 Elena Buttiero and Anita Frumento performed the music of San Fiorenzo in the show Non sembiava imagine che tace, a recital of which the composition Divina Commedia is a sort of sound commentary. A show that combines the images of a silent film - The Inferno of 1911 - with the music of Cesare San Fiorenzo.

The “Non sembiava imagine che silent” project enjoyed the patronage of the National Committee for the celebration of the 700th anniversary of the death of Dante Alighieri of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage.

Elena Buttiero and Anita Frumento have been carrying out research in the musicological field for years. Many shows have been produced by them from 2009 to today: “Italia 900: words and music of the short century”; “Future sounds. Homage to Futurism”; “Italy in the Great War: words and music between 1915 and 1918” (with the patronage of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers); “Non sembiava imagine che silent” (with the patronage of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage); “That silhouette of Dante. Three women grappling with the Alighieri”, musical/theatrical show.

You may be interested