Good evening everyone, My name is Maria Battaglia, I’m the Director of the Italian Cultural Institute Jakarta. The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Italian Cultural Institute in Jakarta in this pandemic period continue to offer a series of cultural events ranging from Cinema, Music, Art, Dance, Science, Literature, Cuisine, Cultural Heritage and many more. I believe that in times of crisis, we need art and culture more than ever. Billions of people around the world turn to culture as a source of comfort and connection. This unprecedented emergency demonstrates culture’s role in building resilience and social cohesion; art is resilient. Today is a special day because we have a beautiful musical performance by Duo Alterno.

A duo consists of Riccardo Piacentini, pianist & composer and Tiziana Scandaletti, soprano. The duo is always engaged in the promotion of Italian music of the twentieth century and contemporary. Today these two musicians will take us to a pleasant musical journey by performing a wide range of theater and the best Italian chamber repertoire repertoire ranging from composition by Luciano Berio to Francesco Paolo Tosti, from Giacomo Puccini to Ennio Morricone and from Marcello Panni to Riccardo Piacentini himself.

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Luciano Berio Quattro canzoni popolari [Four popular songs] (1947/71)
– Dolce cominciamento [Sweet begenning]
– La donna ideale [The ideal woman]
– Avendo gran disìo [Having much desire]
– Il ballo [The dance] (texts by Jacopo da Lentini [3] and Anonymous [1, 2, 4]

Riccardo Piacentini (1958)
FOTO-SONG 1 in the days of the coronavirus (2020)
for “foto-suoni” recorded and “com-posed” in Turin – Italy
with improvisations at the piano
First world performance

Ennio Morricone
Tango un po’ caricaturale [Slightly caricatured tango] (1970, vers. 2018)
from “Investigation of a citizen above all suspicions”
New version for voice and piano dedicated to the Duo Alterno

Marcello Panni
Melodrama (1971, rev. 2015/2020)
Two melodies for voice and/or at the piano
1. “Portez-moi… ma vie a son secret” [Carry me … my life has its secret]
2. “dem Busen ein Seufzer heb!” [Lift a sigh from her breast]
From Astronaut Notebooks on multilingual texts of the composer
Dedicated to the Duo Alterno
First world performance in the complete version

Riccardo Piacentini (1958)
FOTO-SONG 2 in the days of the coronavirus (2020)
for “foto-suoni” recorded and “com-posed” in Turin – Italy
with improvisations at the piano
First world performance

Francesco Paolo Tosti Consolazione (1916)
– Non pianger più [Don’t cry anymore]
– Ancora qualche rosa è ne’ rosai… [Still some roses are in the rosebushes]
– Tanto accadrà, ben che non sia d’aprile… [Anyway it will happen, though not in April]
– Perché ti neghi con lo sguardo stanco? [Why do you deny yourself with a tired look?]
– Sogna, sogna, mia cara anima! [Dream, dream, my dear soul!]
– Settembre (di’: l’anima tua m’ascolta?…) [September [say: does your soul listen to me?…]
– Quanto ha dormito, il cembalo!… [How much the harpsichord slept!…]
– Mentre che fra le tende scolorate… [While among the discolored curtains…]


Texts by Gabriele D’Annunzio