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Staged and directed by the composer himself at the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome. Percussion by Nicola Raffone; voce recitante both spoken and sung narration by Peppe Servillo.

Star performers and "accidental musicians" include male craftsmen and female citizens of Albano Laziale, a suburb of Rome. Filmed by Giancarlo Matcovich. The aspect ratio of the video is given as But the film while recorded at 30fps is in "letterbox" format similar to the Cinemascope picture ratio of Released , disc has 5.

This is the only HDVD so far that has the score reprinted in the keepcase booklet the front page of the score is also on the keepcase cover. But we know of no resource with the text of the libretto.

To the contrary, what we experience here is a tiny and disappearing part of the world. The word "opera" means "works. Enough of theory for now. Of the forces on stage, two persons are traditional classical musicians, and each of them wears white tie.

Below is Battistelli, the composer and conductor. He was born in in Albano Laziale and started work on Experimentum Mundi at about age After much trial and error, he finished the piece in when he was This turns out to be extremely dramatic, but was doubtless a tough project for film-maker Matcovich: The other white tie is on percussionist Nicola Raffone.

He provides, of course, leadership in the performance and some melody with his drums no keyboard instruments. He has a beautiful singing voice which he uses in a few bars. But mostly he adds tremendous personality to a somewhat quirky and obscure libretto: The world that Battistelli wants us to experience is the world he knew as a child in his small town then rather distant from Rome as he wandered about watching and listening to all the craftsmen working at their trades. All the members of the augmented percussion section are men.

Battistelli had to figure out a way to get a feminine touch into the mix. He also loved the sights and sounds of the ladies praying in church. He recruited four ladies originally five to provide a feminine background sound. The ladies voice names, prayers, and other repetitive text in a kind of murmur.

The ladies from rear to near are Paola Calcagni, Anna Rita Severini, Elvira Battistelli, and Tiziana Delle Chiaie: The piece opens with the odd sound of eggs dropping into a pool in the batter that the pastry-maker Marcello Di Palma will turn into pasta. Whipping and mixing sounds open up a rhythmic "singing line" for the entire opera to come. Originally, the narrated text was in French.

The translation of "Open waffle iron" maybe should have been, "Flat uncovered grill. They make whirring sounds sharpening their tools and pounding noises as they work the leather over their lasts. I should point out that all the craft activities in this work are performed manuallythere are no power tools around. Masons Ciro Paudice and Luigi Battistelli come in next with the sloppy, slushy, irregular sounds of mixing mortar. Later they will build a wall: The soft mortar sounds give way to the staccato, spiky hammering of the toolmakers or blacksmiths brothers Gianni Sannibale and Marco Sannibale : Another solo craftsman is the lugubrious stonecutter Fernando Carpineti.

He whacks away at his own speed making a stone pestle: Next carpenters Alberto Casini and Silvio Tamburri provide various sounds from a woodworking project: While all this is happening, the narrator gets increasingly ecstatic in an orgy of naming tools and craft techniques. In the next screenshot we see that the spotlights remain on the crafts that have been introduced.

The newcomers in the foreground are the road builders Leonardo Innocenzi and Oberdan Carpineti with their sandbox and chopped stones: A close-up shot of road builder Leonardo Innocenzi: Now the coopers barrel makers Alfredo Sannibale and Fabio Sannibale show their skills and provide a deafening barrage of hammer blows on the iron barrel bands: The tempo increases steadily as the sounds get ever louder.

Finally, the grinders also called swordsmiths or furbishers come in played by Aldo Sardilli and Wladimiro Carpineti. They make a steady sound and also provide visual fireworks: Below is the best shot in the video of the entire percussion section.

At this point the pace is quickening fast for the finale: Finally we get a good picture of Marcello Di Palma, the pastry-maker. I guess somebody will eat this the next day: Everything is in uproar as Experimentum Mundi ends: I think our screenshots show you that this is an interesting piece of modern music.

But there is only a single CD of the music on the market. So I think this unique work needs both a good video and sound recording to be accessible to most music lovers. Experimentum Mundi is well-respected at least by reputation among modern music fans.

But how many people have actually seen it? If people came each time, then about 15, people would have seen it. Once Battistelli retires, the piece could become extinct.


Experimentum Mundi

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