First prize winner of the 2010 Editions Orphée “Gorod na Kame” composition competition.
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The composer says:
In music, the concept of silence, the absence of sound, is just as significant as the actual sound that is contained in each note of a score. At times there is this instance when everything that surrounds man stops vibrating, which enables the mind to hear one’s thoughts and give shape to one’s dreams. In this composition for guitar the Silence of the Pendulum is not its own hush and neither is it a rip in the fabric of time fixing each moment at a given point in the universe. It is instead, “the moment when a human being, totally taken by art, philosophy or nature, is able to cut himself from everything that surrounds him and in which he does not have any interest, ending up not even feeling the very reality of time.” It is this collection of poetry by the Italian poet Antonello Bianchi that was the inspiration for the construction of the six variations on the theme of Город на Каме [Gorod na Kame] composed by Lev Alexandrovich Schwartz (1878 - 1962) for the 1938 Mark Donskoi film Детство Горького [Dyetsvo Gor’kovo, Childhood of Maxim Gorky] also known as the Israeli folk song Dugit Shata. Six different watercolors become transformed, through six different prismatic observations, at times anguished and lugubrious, at times laughing and sprightly, trying to uncover a trail leading from a rarefied atmosphere to base reality, a search of tangibility that cannot lead to practical matters and that cannot succeed except that it would bring about a return to the origin and leaving memory traces that linger in solitude, melancholy and darkness. Cristiano Porqueddu Nuoro, 2010.
Cristiano Porqueddu was born in Nuoro in 1975 and began studying classical guitar at the age of seven under the tutelage of his father.Having obtained his diploma at the conservatoire of music, he attended different Masters and specialist courses all over Europe to study the technique and interpretation of Baroque and eighteenth and nineteenth century music in more depth. He also went on to win numerous awards and international competitions and eventually came to know the guitarist-composer Angelo Gilardino. Having struck up a working relationship with the composer from Vercelli, between 1997 and 2002 and under his guidance he attended the Accademia Superiore di Musica “L. Perosi” in Biella where he obtained the Academic Diploma with Excellence and where in 2003 he completed his additional ‘virtuosity’ year. The critics have labeled him “... a point of reference for the new generation of guitarists...” and he gives concerts around Europe and the United States at important international festivals, as a soloist and in performances of chamber music and orchestral pieces.He sits on International Juries for Guitar contests and often holds his own specialization courses, master classes and seminars in Europe and in the States. In December 2007 Angelo Gilardino dedicated the ‘Concerto di Oliena’ for guitar and orchestra to him.In 2002, in addition to his concert appearances he also began making records, receiving applause and flattering reviews from the critics and specialist press both in Italy and abroad.Since 2008, the major label, Brilliant Classics, has distributed his recordings in over forty countries. He lives in Nuoro, holds a professorship in classical guitar at the Scuola Civica of Nuoro, is the Artistic Director of the Agustin Barrios International Guitar Competition as well as the Associazione Musicare, which has been staging festivals and events dedicated to the guitar since 1993.
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