Chamber Orchestra of New York proudly congratulates Music Director and composer, Salvatore Di Vittorio for a significant milestone in his professional career.
The Morgan Library & Museum has invited Maestro Di Vittorio to donate the autograph manuscript of his latest orchestral composition La Villa d’Este a Tivoli to its prestigious music manuscripts archive. Maestro Di Vittorio becomes the first composer to ever compose for, and dedicate a musical work to, the Morgan Library & Museum, and the first native Italian composer during his lifetime to be invited to donate an autograph manuscript to the museum’s music archive.
About the Morgan’s music archive: Led by Frances Barulich, the Mary Flagler Cary Curator of Music Manuscripts and Printed Music, the Morgan’s music archive has a world-renowned collection of music autographs. The archive houses well over one thousand manuscripts, including works by major composers such as J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Haydn, Liszt, Mendelssohn, Puccini, and Schubert. Selected highlights include the autograph manuscripts of three Mahler symphonies, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 21 and Symphony No. 35, and Respighi’s opera Maria Vittoria.
For more information about the Morgan’s music archive, visit: http://www.themorgan.org/collection/music-manuscripts-and-printed-music
Watch video of our Live Performance of Di Vittorio’s La Villa d’Este a Tivoli at The Morgan on June 23: https://youtu.be/hEv1Z-7EdvE
La Villa d’Este a Tivoli (The Villa d’Este at Tivoli) was commissioned by The Morgan Library & Museum, and received its world premiere with the Chamber Orchestra of New York, under Maestro Salvatore Di Vittorio on June 23, 2016. The work is a free transcription based on Franz Liszt’s Fountains of Villa d’Este for piano. It was dedicated to the Morgan and inspired by the exhibition “City of the Soul: Rome and the Romantics”, in particular the watercolor The Villa of Maecenas and the Villa d’Este, Tivoli by the English artist Thomas Jones.
Venere e Adone (Venus and Adonis) received its world premiere with the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, under Maestro Dirk Brosse, at the Perelman Theater at Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on May 15-16, 2016. Maestro Di Vittorio was present for the premiere, and conducted the work himself on May 16th – in his conducting debut with the orchestra.
Reviews from Di Vittorio’s triumphant world premiere:
“Salvatore Di Vittorio’s Venus and Adonis was basically an orchestral song, and often a beautiful one, with a finale that felt like the sound track to an absent movie.”
– Philadelphia Inquirer
“On Sunday afternoon, Brosse launched the program with the lush and lovely Venus and Adonis by Salvatore Di Vittorio. Di Vittorio is Brossé’s New York City equivalent, where he founded and conducts Gotham’s own Chamber Orchestra. Receiving its world premiere this past weekend, the work recalls Respighi, with the Impressionist’s shimmer of sounds, gently highlighted by a dusting of cymbals, and caressing strum of the harp. However, it is infused with Di Vittorio’s own original imagination and ability to build, then deconstruct musical architecture that ultimately fades, like Venus’s own loveliness. And yet there is substance, an appealing heft to this work, which is perhaps why Di Vittorio, in a panel conversation after the concert, noted that Bach and Ravel were his greatest influences in this work. Take a look at the Titian painting that inspired it. This is no dreamy parting of lovers, but a passion that has ineradicable roots.”
– Broad Street Review