Bruno Maderna

Giardino Religioso (The Religious Garden)

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Part of the collection 20 Ans de Musique Contemporaine รก Metz, Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Hans Zender, Giardino Religioso was completed in 1972, and scored for percussion, two pianos, and two harps, which are seated in the center of the stage surrounded symmetrically by ten string players, with trumpet and horn players on either side. This seating also reflects the structure of the piece: the center players work toward and fall away from a grand climax, the strings play at the beginning and at the end, the brass enter quietly, play in chorus in the middle, and play fragments at the end. There are also three choral sections, which start together; then the conductor abandons the players, leaving the music to disintegrate. There is a wonderful balance of completely scored material, lush in timbre, and excitingly rich, complex, spontaneous interplay among the players.