The Pillow Concerts’ Italian month continues with our special guest from Italy, the eminent harpsichordist Sauro Argalia. The master of the baroque instrument performs throughout Europe and is visiting Bulgaria on invitation by the Pillow Concerts. As a predecessor of the piano, the harpsichord is very much alike its contemporary relative in its outer appearance but their sound is quite different. Gentle guitar-like chords, elegant melodies, and virtuoso runs are characteristic for this instrument, developed long ago during the Middle Ages.
For the first time in our programme we will hear harpsichord works by Italian baroque composers. A special attention will be given to Domenico Scarlatti who was born on the date of the Pillow Concert, October 26, exactly 329 years ago. In addition, we will hear the Battle Dance by Bernardo Storace, the Cuckoo’s Toccata and scherzo by Bernardo Pasquini and more music by Baldassare Galuppi and Pergolesi. The musical programme will be preceded by the Pillow Workshop and followed by the Pillow Musical Lesson.
Photography: Minko Minev
Family Ticket – 30 leva
At the concert:
Parent – 20 leva
Child – 5 leva
Max price for a family – 35 leva
Organist, harpsichordist and choral conductor Sauro Argalia was born in Ancona, Italy and has graduated with top honors from the conservatories in Bologna and Pesaro. Among his many specializations are a Liturgical-Musical Masterclass at the National Liturgical Office, masterclasses in organ, harpsichord and choir conducting and an extensive course with Prof. Emilia Fadini at the Musical School of Milan.
Winner of numerous competitions in organ and harpsichord, Sauro has a busy concert life performing throughout Italy, Germany, Hungary, Greece, France, Uruguay, Malta, Austria, Israel, and Morocco.
As a continuo player, Sauro Argalia has recorded two CDs with important compositions by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi and several CDs with unpublished comic operas by Baldassarre Galuppi. The musician collaborates with the Accademia della Libellula Orchestra and conducts the “Città di Porto Sant’Elpidio” and the “Armando Antonelli” polyphonic choirs.
In 2012, together with Laura Pennesi, he has found the “Unìsono” association and directs its many musical projects. Sauro is also an active musicologist and has published his research articles at the prestigious “Studia Picena” magazine.
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in b minor, K 27
Bernardo Storace – Ballo della Battaglia
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in C Major, K 132
Bernardo Pasquini – Toccata con lo scherzo del cuculo
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in f minor, K 239
Baldassare Galuppi – Divertimento in C Major
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in E Major, K 380
Giovanni Battista Pergolesi – Sonata in F Major
Domenico Scarlatti – Sonata in E Major, K 531
Program, October 26, 2014
10:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
11:00 Pillow concert – Tickets here
12:00 Music Lessons – Free admission
16:00 Pillow workshop – Free admission
17:00 Pillow concert – Tickets here
18:00 Music Lessons – Free admission
On Sunday, October 26th, one hour before each concert, there will be a Pillow Workshop where our little guests will be involved in arts and crafts together with the Creative team Onche Bonche. The admission for the Pillow workshop is free.
Immediately after each concert, there will be a Music lesson where the children and the parents can learn fun and new facts about the presented programme. The admission for the Music lesson is free.
Колко дядовци има пианото?
Клавесин, спинет, чембало, виржинал… – това са различни имена на един и същ инструмент, срещан из цяла Европа още от Средновековието. Или не съвсем? Разликите не са безкрайно големи и точно поради тази причина често настава объркване за кой точно инструмент става дума.
Прочетете цялата статия в Детски дневник.
During the VIP Pillow Concert on September 14th, 2014, kindly hosted by the Helikon bookstore, we talked with little Yan and his mother Jana who have been fans of ours since the very first Pillow Concert when our audience totaled just a few families. They said their favorite Pillow Concert is “one with a piano and a violin an year and a half ago at the Union of architects” but they were also impressed by another with marimba and various drums. They have visited “more than 6-7 concerts” and share their excitement with a smile:
“We are very happy they exist, in the last few months we were constantly checking when they’ll start again!”
Today, Yan wanted to spend more time with the tuba but is happy that at the end of the concert “the war” between the Brass quintet and Street quartet ended with friendship. “The piano and the violin”, admits our young guest with no hesitation answering the compulsory question about his favorite instrument. Jana would like to see other concerts with these two instruments and we are already working on fulfilling her wish. “One with violins, but we’ve recently discussed the guitars, too…”, she continues… It is now clear that this family has an accute interest in the string instruments. Would they enjoy the Harpsichord Pillow Concert coming up later this month?
Our conversation took place during the special lunch following the VIP Pillow Concert. The atmosphere was particularly friendly, with families meeting up and sharing common parenting values and views on life. Jana admitted she likes this kind of social experiences:
“It would be wonderful that you organize different events for the families attending the Pillow Concerts, apart from the concerts themselves but still connected to the music. Musicians could come and give us detailed information about their instruments when there is more time for the children to ask their questions. Kids always have more questions and time is never enough. We were not in Bulgaria for a while and missed some of the new additions like the Music Lessons. We would certainly like to visit that.”
Our brand new thematic pairing of the concerts each month based on georgraphy turned out perfectly in tune with Jana’s family:
“We have a project of our own. We choose a country and read about it for some time. After gathering enough information about it, a trip to it is organized. Currently, our focus is on The Netherlands. We search for everything – its history, geography, music, fun facts. So, your idea is truly great in our opinion!”
The little musician
Another logical question that comes to mind is whether Yan is to become a musician. He is only three years old but is regularly singing at home, can’t wait to grow up enough for the Pillow Music School, has interest in singing groups and has already started lessons at the Little Musician – Modo’s programme for young children. In October, Yan turns four and is celebrating his birthday at our music house. His mother expects “to have lots of fun with lots of music. Everywhere else we’ve been celebrating, music is never the main focus – we now expect just that.” We hope we’ll make our fantastic October’s Family of the Month truly happy!