Voci Dall’Aldiquà (1997)11:43
The title Voci dall’Aldiquà is a play-on-words that means approximately ‘voices from the material world’. ‘Aldiquà’ usually means ‘on-this-side’, but in the context of the title it represents the antonym of the word ‘Aldilá’, one among the several different ways Italians refer to heaven or, broadly speaking, life-after-death. The ‘argument’ of the piece is based on my own approach to spiritual beliefs, estranged by any revealed truth or religious faith, informed instead solely by the enchantment that the ‘material’ gives in abundance.
Therefore, the reference to the ‘voices’ in the title has to be read in a broad context. All along the piece the ‘voice’ is sometimes referentially human, clearly recognizable, either speaking or singing. At times the ‘voice’ is deeply transformed, almost unrecognisable. On occasion the ‘voice’ is, metaphorically speaking, the echo of the material world responding to the human call (or curse). The finale features the triumph of human voice; a choir of mortals singing a paradoxically angelic chant that, nevertheless, dissolves into a sort of self-decomposition: does transience deprive human attributes from supernatural beauty and mystical spirituality?
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