Nino Rota: Sarabande e Toccata (Willy Postma, harp) I.





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Uploaded on Nov 19, 2011

Nino Rota: Sarabande e Toccata (Willy Postma, harp)
I. Sarabande

Rota came from a family of musicians. his grandfather was the well-known composer pianist Rinaldi. He was a pupil of Pizetti and Casella in Italy and of many renowned composers in Philadelphia. He developed his own personal style - simple harmonies, with a strong melodious content. He created his music as direct spontaneous expression, avoided sentimentality and often reveals great technical mastery. Not even his long personal friendship with I. Stravinsky left its mark on his compositions. He is best known as a composer of film music (Fellini never used anyone but Rota), but he also wrote operas, ballets, orchestral works, chamber music, sonatas and a harp concerto.

Sarabanda begins in g minor with warm, melodious chords, delightful bass lines - followed by a transition into an exciting improvisational section with forward thrust and a build-up of tension. this leads to a beautiful melody, with a virtuoso accompaniment in the left hand. It builds up to a powerful fortissimo climax and culminates in thematic material from the improvisational section. The Sarabande ends almost sacredly, in G major.

Harpist Willy Postma was born in Amsterdam. After attending Schools in Rotterdam, Paris and New York, she came to Noway at an early age and has been affiliated with the Trondhein Symphony Orchestra since 1964. Prizewinner of the International Harp Competition in Israel in 1970 Postma has had an all-round career as soloist, chamber-music performer and teacher. Postma has recorded several CD albums and has been a frequent guest on television and radio programmes. In 1980 she started the Nordic countries' first harp class in Trondheim, a class she still conducts. Since 1991 she has been a teacher at the Norwegian State Academy of Music and since 1992 also at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki.

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