The Holy Week’s music

The Holy Week’s music in Ruvo di Puglia

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Since long we wished to pay homage to the masters Antonio and Alessandro Amenduni, figures of great artistic and didactic value. Thanks to them, hundreds of “sons of the people” (myself included) entered the world of music making it become the main activity of their life. To the didactic merits are to be added the artistic qualities of the two masters, who have reached the height of their expressive talent and artistic production in the so called “funeral marches” for their pathos and their deep and sincere inspiration. In fact I believe it absolutely incomplete to call them simply “funeral marches”, since in this case we are often faced by something much more complex and profound; certainly they represent real “jewels” in their sort, and are to be preserved and handed down to the future generations as historic memory of noble values, not only musical but also spiritual. In an epoch which is so troubled and confused, to dig up into the history of the most genuine traditions in order to find out their soul means to strenghten our roots and our identities.

The new Enja Cd – available from April 2011 –  containing compositions by Luigi Cirenei, Antonio and Alessandro Amenduni.

Compositions:

  • Requiescat in pace (Luigi Cirenei) 9:12
  • Giorno di dolore (Alessandro Amenduni) 9:19
  • Tristezza (Antonio Amenduni) 10:06
  • A mia madre (Alessandro Amenduni) 9:08
  • Vivo cordoglio (Alessandro Amenduni) 8:00
  • Il pianto dell’orfano (Antonio Amenduni) 11:55

 

 

 

La Banda in its birth, 1993 in Ruvo di Puglia.

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Antonio Amenduni was born in Ruvo di Puglia on the 5th of May 1896 and died on the 24th of August 1988. He studied at the Conservatory “St. Peter in Majella” in Naples under the Generic Cialis guidance of Professors Sigismondo Cesi and Francesco Cilea, obtainig Diplomas in Piano and Composition and Instrumentation for Banda. He founded and directed the “Children’s Banda” of the Municipal School of Music in Ruvo di Puglia, in which he taught from 1922 to 1932. He was teacher at the “Teachers’ Training Schools” in Foggia and Terlizzi, working out a method of teaching which is still in use at the present day. He wrote the music for “O mia bella speranza” by S. Alfonso Maria de’Liguori, dedicating it to Pope Paolo VI. He composed vocal and instrumental sacred music, music for piano (“Nocturnes”, “Elegies”, “Partitas”, “Waltzes”), music for Banda as well as symphonic marches, some of which were awarded a prize in prestigious national contests. Giacomo Puccini expressed a favourable opinion on a few of his compositions.

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Alessandro Amenduni was born in Ruvo di Puglia on the 7th of July 1904. He studied at the Conservatory “S. Cecilia” in Rome under the guidance of Director Giuseppe Mulé, obtainig the Diploma in Composition and Instrumentation for Banda. He succeeded his brother Antonio as teacher in the Municipal School of Music in Ruvo di Puglia, which in 1942 obtained a juridical recognition. He was the Director of the already founded “Children’s Banda”, touring the Centre and South of Italy several times and achieving general recognition. He took the part of Chapel Master in the churches of St. Dominic and of the Immaculate Virgin in Ruvo di Puglia. He composed vocal and instrumental music, both sacred and profane (“Magnificat”, “Mass for three mixed singers”, “Mottetti”, “Romances”), music for Banda as well as symphonic marches. He revised and arranged for Banda Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony”, Puccini’s “Turandot” and Verdi’s “Traviata” by order of the Publishing House Ricordi.

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