Ida pelliccioli piano portaferry may 2021
Sun 16 May

MusicIda Pelliccioli Piano Recital Livestream

We are thrilled to welcome the prodigious talent of Italian-Croatian pianist Ida Pelliccioli. Ida brings a fascinating programme of 20th and 21st century pieces that explore metaphysics. Please note this concert will be live streamed via YouTube if audiences are not permitted inside Portico. If audiences are permitted you will be able to choose whether to attend in person or enjoy as a live stream from your home.


Self-reflections and beyond: a metaphysical journey from the late 20th to the early 21st century

Arvo Pärt – Für Alina
Peteris Vasks – Eine kleine Nachtmusik
Elena Kats-Chernin – Page turn
John Tavener – Pratirupa


Ida Pelliccioli

Ida Pelliccioli is an italo-croatian pianist who grew up in France. Her multicultural background often shows in her choice of repertoire, as well as her interest in contemporary music and her interest in collaborating with young composers. The programmes that she will present in her 2020-2021 season are built around these lines as well as the will to bring to the audience some less played and forgotten pieces.

Programme notes

This programme explores composers that pushed the boundaries of compositional technique, in order to reflect another inner, metaphysical search in their lives, that could easily find an echo with the questionings of the modern listener.

Für Alina (1976) is among the most performed works of Arvo Pärt. The Estonian composer has worked in a minimalist style that employs his self-invented compositional technique, tintinnabuli, and this piece is an essential example of it. He described this new style with the following words: "Tintinnabulation is an area I sometimes wander into when I am searching for answers – in my life, my music, my work. In my dark hours, I have the certain feeling that everything outside this one thing has no meaning. The complex and manyfaceted only confuses me, and I must search for unity. What is it, this one thing, and how do I find my way to it? Traces of this perfect thing appear in many guises – and everything that is unimportant falls away. Tintinnabulation is like this. . . . The three notes of a triad are like bells. And that is why I call it tintinnabulation."

With Eine kleine Nachtmusik (1978), the Latvian composer Peteris Vaks wanted to compose a small-scale requiem for the hope of people of all ages. The title borrowed from Mozart is here coloured in a poignantly ironical hue. The greater the musical experience of the listener, the deeper is the understanding of this music and its composer. For example, the Latvian speech melody and the proximity of the diatonic folk song to the mediaeval sequence Dies irae suddenly reveals itself as a concept of night music from a more general aspect. The rhythmically constant pulsation in the piano bass subsequently assumes a semantic significance and could possibly be an elegy for Schubert's Erlkönig.

Page Turn (2000) is a piece by Australian composer Elena Kats-Chernin commissioned by the Sydney International Piano Competition. Kats-Chernin’s work is rife with cultural influences, particularly the styles of Eastern Europe, but it is also uninhibited – KatsChernin’s compositions may draw inspiration from French impressionist Erik Satie, or Italian Baroque composer Scarlatti, or even a tango. But they are all undeniably hers. Throughout her career, Kats-Chernin has grown to symbolise the sheer power of contemporary classical music in Australia; and the ability of modern artists to learn from the great composers of the past, and craft something new that can compete with – or even surpass – the old. Page Turn is a piece that showcases different techniques - overlapping hands, repetition and jumps – in an agitated race without pauses or silences, that goes beyond describing an anguished and effervescent run, as if we were trapped in a maze, and through agitation manages to evoke a lyrical voice, determined to find an exit to its suffering, determined to “turn the page”. John Rutter describes Tavener as having the "very rare gift" of being able to "bring an audience to a deep silence." While Tavener's earliest music was influenced by Igor Stravinsky and Olivier Messiaen , his later music became more sparse, using wide registral space and was usually diatonically tonal. Tavener also recognised Arvo Pärt as "a kindred spirit" and shared with him a common religious tradition and a fondness for textural transparency.

Pratirúpa (2003) means ‘Reflection’ in sanskrit. This is his longest work for solo piano, and presents a series of self-reflecting resonances, harmonies, melodies and rhythms, so that the music becomes as if it were ‘the pupil of the ear,’ instead of ‘the pupil of the eye.’ Traditionally it is by looking at the ‘pupil of the eye’ in another that one can see the most perfect, the most God-like aspect, indeed one can see ATMA – the SELF. In musical terms therefore, by the very act of ‘listening’ with our ear, the sound will change ‘alchemically’, and hopefully produce a music that is quite literally ‘the ear of the ear,’ that inward ear which is at the same time an eternal sound. Of course, Pratirúpa can be simply listened to as a piece of piano music but the ‘metaphysical subject’ which lies at the heart of it should be explained, and indeed may assist the listener.

The order of the four pieces of the programme has been carefully chosen, in order to create a crescendo in tension and textures, the climax being the two central pieces, while the audience is being initiated to the concert’s “methaphysical journey” by Arvo Pärt’s piece, dedicated to a family friend's eighteen-year-old daughter. The family had broken up and the daughter went to England with her father. The work, dedicated to the daughter, was actually meant as a work of consolation for the girl's mother, missing her child. Its introspection calls to mind a vivid image of youth, off to explore the world. Metaphorically, it is the listener who is being initiated to explore the world, the world of the concert programme, the world of sound, his inner world. With Pratirupa, the tension is released in a meditative resolution.

Bach-Liszt Prelude and Fugue in A Minor

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Event Details

Sun 16 May
15:00 to 16:00



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