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
On January 16, 2016, the Respighi/Di Vittorio Concerto per Violino (in La Maggiore) will receive its South America/Brazil premiere with the Orquestra Sinfônica del Festival Música nas Montanhas at Teatro Municipal Benigno Gaiga – Complexo Cultural da Urca (in Brasil), under the direction of Maestro Jean Reis, and featuring the Swiss-Italian violinist Irene Abrigo.
The San Diego Symphony Orchestra will premiere a new work in celebration of the centennial of San Diego’s Balboa Park and Spreckel’s Organ Pavilion. This World Premiere will be performed on November 1, 2015 at 2:00pm at Copley Symphony Hall under conductor Sameer Patel. For details, visit: San Diego Symphony
Sea Fanfare “On a Theme by Monteverdi” is a short, happy fanfare/overture styled work that begins with a warm, sparkly sea effect introduction depicting the sunny waters of San Diego. Perhaps Di Vittorio’s connection with Ottorino Respighi is most apparent here. Though the organ is not treated as a solo instrument, it does take an immediate prominent role as it introduces the main theme – a motif inspired by Monteverdi’s madrigal “O Sia Tranquillo il Mare, O Pien d’Orgoglio” (Oh How Tranquil is the Sea, Full of Pride”), which Di Vittorio thought was quite fitting for San Diego and the Balboa centennial.
The sea effect quickly turns into a (ritornello type) fanfare showcasing the brass. This music is followed by a slow interlude/middle section with a poignant, memorable operatic perhaps film-like melody.
During this slower passage, the audience will feel as if they are getting closer to (or walking towards) the Balboa Park merry-go-round, a distinct music which takes over and then subsides back to complete the slower section. (Natives of San Diego, will recognize a re-orchestrated variation of the Balboa carousel music – as marked in the score and parts for musicians.)
The fanfare returns, merged with a festive spagnolo section (a Ballo Madrigalesco) honoring the explorer Balboa and the park’s Spanish influence. The sea effect returns for a quick coda bringing together the themes in a picturesque, triumphal closing.