Quadrivium was composed in 1969 and marks the beginning of Maderna’s final creative period, during which he wrote impressive and headstrong works for large symphonic forces. Aura was commissioned for the 80th anniversary of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and was premiered in 1972. Amanda was written in 1966 and is uninhibited, cheerful and lyrical.
With this disc, German label Neos takes on an enterprising project, Bruno Maderna: Complete Works for Orchestra, Vol. 1. Outside of Italy, Maderna is recognized as a significant figure within Italian avant-garde associated with Nono and Berio, but his music is not is well known as theirs, apart from his fanciful and hip Serenata per un satellite (1969). Within Italy, Maderna is remembered as one of her greatest conductors, although he is worshipped to such extent in that role that his compositions have been overlooked. Such a series, hopefully, would serve to redress the balance; Maderna's experience as conductor helped inform his compositions, and by having access to his orchestral pieces one might be able to determine to what extent his composing impacted his work as a conductor.
L'uomo, non come quantità, come massa, ma come singolo deve lottare per un mondo ideale, dove ci sia posto per il veggente, anche per il precursore, e poco importa se è un anarchico (Man, not in quantity, as in mass, but as an individual, alone, must strive for his ideal world, where there is place for the seer, as for the precursor, and little does it matter ìf he be an anarchist)Bruno Maderna
The problem of what 'interpret' means is particularly fascinating for the music of the sixties and seventies, with those "open" works which permit a creative contribution on the part of the performer. The concept of interpretation itself is in itself open to "opening up": it changes with time, and how much more the conditions change between the moment of conception and that of performance of a work.C. Ambrosini, from the attached booklet
"While working out the piece I was constantly aware that music already existed, that it had always existed, even the music that I was writing. It is merely necessary to trust what you hear around you and in you, and to realize it in a score. 'Fixed form' and 'open' are the same thing".
Bruno Maderna wrote that of his "Third Oboe Concerto", the last work he wrote before dying on November 13, 1973.from the booklet attached