Fondazione Merz


Mario Merz Prize 3rd Ed.: concert of the winning piece

Credo, Music for orchestra VII, composed especially for the Mario Merz Prize by Jay Schwartz, winner of the Music section of the third edition


17 May 2022, 9:00 pm, Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi, Piazza Bodoni, Turin


In collaboration with OFT-Turin Philharmonic Orchestra

The third edition of the Mario Merz Prize music section comes to a close with a concert which will premiere winner Jay Schwartz’s new composition. The piece will be played by the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra and by a group of young musicians, the Rosin Octet (Tilburg, Netherlands), during a concert which will include music by Edvard Grieg and Henri Casadeus.

Credo, Music for Orchestra VII presents the characteristics of Schawrtz’s poetics. It employs aspects of the physics of sound and utilises tonality in the context of the physics of organic harmony, while making use of the overtone spectrum, microtonality, and glissandi in a poetic context with a captivating sensuous drawing power, and an unabashed emotional disposition.

Accompanying Jay Schwartz’s composition, the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra proposes a programme dedicated to the fifth Platonic solid, the dodecahedron, conveying through music the ether, the classical element that this geometric form has been associated with.

  • Jay Schwartz Credo, Music for orchestra VII
  • Henri Casadesus Concert in C minor for violas and string instruments
  • Edvard Grieg 2 Melodie op. 53.
    Suite in stile antico op. 40 Dai tempi di Holberg

Concertmaster: Sergio Lamberto

Viola Soloist: Lara Albesano


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