Celebration of Luigi Boccherini¹s bicentenary in Italy

14 June 2005

Celebration of Luigi Boccherini¹s bicentenary in Italy On 28 May 2005 fell Luigi Boccherini¹s bicentenary of his death. The Italian composer, considered by many critics as the quintessential European, worked and lived mostly in Spain, while also writing for patrons in France and Germany. He gave a fundamental contribution to the affirmation of musical classicism by establishing new instrumental formations like symphonies and also string quartet, quintet and sextet and many others which are the essentials of nowadays chamber music. The influence of Italian music, together with the elements of the international cultural heritage he acquired during his stay in cities like Milan, Paris, Vienna, Potsdam and Madrid make of Boccherini a leading international figure in the European cultural and musical world. Unfortunately, nowadays his musical creativity is not still appreciated in its appropriate dimension, while his contemporaries regarded him very highly paying much attention to his works, judging from the quantity of editorial production published during his lifetime. The National Committee Boccherini, a joint venture of Municipality of Lucca and festival Autunno Musicale a Como, has been recently launched and approved at the Italian Parliament to promote artistic activities about the composer in Italy and abroad. In the frame of these events the ensemble SIXE ­ Suono Italiano per l¹Europa ­ a project created and run by Federazione CEMAT, featuring young Italian musicians, will give a series of spring concerts in the frame of Comitato Nazionale Boccherini. On this special occasion the ensemble will take up the name CONCERTO BOCCHERINI as their activities will focus on advanced training in order to enhance the musical production of the classical period. The programmes scheduled in Rome and Milan offer a collection of musical rarities highlighting the genius of the Italian composer. We would be very happy of involving other partners at international level and survey any interest in featuring these concerts. We are looking for partnership with festivals and music events organisers abroad aiming to the diffusion of this author's production.