Wednesday December 21st, 2016

FRAGMENTS – TEN JAZZ COMPOSITIONS FOR PIANO SOLO

Fragment Vittorio Mezza“FRAGMENTS are ten piano solo compositions in a contemporary language, sometimes with  jazz-like  sounds.  Opposite to the book title, these pieces are rather heterogenic and prove to be coherent and organic.  These pages spring from fragments and developments of sense, actually originating from the exploration of small cells which I deeply  investigated and transfused into my compositions  and into my performance as a consequence.   The  drafting shows  the alternation of classical elements   and  more contemporary and free parts. The contents, in some cases,  could be assimilated to Ligeti’s compositions  (above all as refers to the use of polyrhythms and poly-metrics – but not for the melody).  The sounds are quite captivating:  the pulse  gives a strong sense of jazz,  at least  for the free basic approach  (ontological from the  artistic and personal points of view, but also didactic).  An approach which does not tend to be riotous against the written compositions,  quite the opposite fully matching  with the formal aspect of music.  The instrument – the piano – is used in its complete extension, taking advantage of the different colors of the various ranges,  the use of the pedals and all the nuances of timbre (for example the percussive touch). 

FRAGMENTS could be seen as a cross over opus,  not much for the melding of styles or genres, but for the synthesis of a personal language and   approach to the instrument,  where the performer’s physical approach oversteps the instrument boundaries and literally fragments them.  

Last but not least FRAGMENTS may be also recommended  to the students of music  in conservatories and music academies.  This  book is  a challenging  approach to a new perspective of the solo piano performance in  today’s  musical  scenario,    global and extreme under all aspects,   where all the contemporary languages  acquire their peculiarity in the poetry of  “how” rather than that of “what”, in a nomadism that  pushes them faster and faster to something else, in search of the necessary, human and  more than ever fragmentary  trails of sense”.