Ilio Barontini

Little Suite & Gershwiniana

According to Ilio and Caterina Barontini making music together means sharing the same passion in an explosion of expressivity and rhythmic energy. Ilio Barontini's Little Suite presents sprightly and soft moments, alternated to sad and desolate episodes, which are then resolved, however, in a tender and emotional dimension. The first piece, Exercise, is an ironic picture of the jumble of notes that you can hear by entering a Conservatory, but can also be wittily considered as a warm-up workout for the two performers. In this piece the tune that is developed in the Little March appears. The second piece, Little Waltz, is played on the alternation between major and minor, to represent volatility, in a dimension of lightness and rare freshness. Sarabande and Epilogue instead are dark and sad, but, however, the triumphant final proves that music is always consolation and liberation.

The piano duo has played a very important role in the history of music and in the social context of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, in which many transcriptions for this staff succeded in broadcasting symphonic and operatic music. Ilio Barontini has chosen eight Gershwin songs, elaborating a piano four hands version to valorize the Author's compositive project: elevating jazz at the level of cultivated music. This work realizes a poliphonic, rhythmic and armonic amplification of the songs' music material, hoarding the linguistic innovations of the 20th Century and rendering the breath of music up.

The Ilio & Caterina Barontini piano duo has recently recorded Ilio Barontini's Back To Beat for two pianos; Bartókiana and Five Nursery Rhymes for piano four hands (Sifare Publishing, 2017).