Jonathan Faralli

Daniele Lombardi: works for percussion

When it comes to personal encounters, there are events for which the definition "mysterious" would be a huge understatement, and this is true of my meeting with Daniele Lombardi. I got to know the artist well (but the man far less so), witnessing a number of his musical performances both as a composer and a performer. These performances could occupy enormous spaces, especially when the famous 21 pianos were involved; I appreciated his dual talent for graphics and music, a sort of double-edged poetics, as we shall see; I admired his ceaseless efforts to disseminate the musical repertoire of the second half of the 20th century, especially Italian repertoire. Never would I have imagined that I would be dealing with his artistic legacy, after his sudden death in 2018, in my dual role as director of the Conservatorio Mascagni in Livorno, where part of his music library ended up, and as scientific head of the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, where his most treasured works will be preserved.

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