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Pierre Rode Project | Italian Sound



Pierre Rode Project | Italian Sound

A four-part project on YouTube:

Part One 

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

The Covid-19 emergency has caused all schools to close, including the conservatories of music. Teachers have quickly adjusted to online classes, but keeping students focused and engaged is not an easy task. The in-person interactions in music academies is a unique and irreplaceable moment. So Davide Alogna, a 39-year old professor of violin at the Conservatory of Reggio Calabria came up with the idea of involving his colleagues in an important project: to publish online the 24 Capricci for violin, op. 22, by French composer Pierre Rode, a mandatory test in the conservatories' curriculum. A frenetic round of word-of-mouth started immediately. In a few days 24 magnificent Italian violinists answered the call. Each of them was assigned a difficult Capriccio by the French virtuoso and  committed to recording a video in their own homes. In a very short time and with just a simple smartphone, they filmed themselves confronting a Capriccio. "It was exciting to coordinate them - said Alogna - none of them had the slightest objection to the choice of the Capricci. I found a professionalism, a willingness and an astounding feeling of friendship." Here they are: Davide Alogna, Emmanuele Baldini, Alessio Bidoli, Alberto Bologni, Daniela Cammarano, Gennaro Cardaropoli, Gabriele Ceci, Fabrizio Falasca, Marco Fiorini, Giuseppe Gibboni, Federico Guglielmo, Michelangelo Lentini, Enzo Ligresti, Fulvio Liviabella, Salvatore Lombardo, Francesco Manara, Luca Marzolla, Liù Pelliciari, Germana Porcu, Salvatore Quaranta, Luca Santaniello, Giacomo Scarponi, Anna Tifu, Edoardo Zosi. They are Conservatoriy of Music teachers, first violin in important Italian and international symphonic orchestras, chamber musicians, soloists. Besides Alogna, in this beautiful cultural, didactic and social project, two partners in the music sector have immediately made themselves available: Suonare News, the musicians' monthly magazine and its director Filippo Michelangeli and CIDIM (Comitato Nazionale Italiano Musica), and the member of the Direzione Artistico Culturale Francescantonio Pollice. The video will be online free of charge from 28 April 2020 on Facebook and YouTube, and on the pages of Suonare News, CIDIM. For violin students it will be an invaluable opportunity to see how the great masters play and to foster new inspiration and motivation. Later, when the health emergency will finally be over, a CD that brings together the work of these 24 talented virtuosos will be published. The CD will be attached to Suonare News and will be distributed on newsstands.

Pierre Rode

A favourite pupil of Giovanni Battista Viotti (who gave him free lessons), at the age of 20 Pierre Rode (1774-1830) was already on tour throughout Europe. Rode was also professor of violin at the Paris Conservatory, a virtuoso of Napoleon's private chapel, and violinist to the Tsar in Moscow. He even played a duo with Archduke Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria. Even Beethoven dedicated his tenth sonata for piano and violin (the one following the famous sonata dedicated to Kreutzer) to Rode.


Date: Da Tuesday, May 12, 2020 a Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Entrance : Free