© Luca Concas
Tribute to Beethoven
in memory of Piero Farulli for the 100th anniversary of his birth
Tiziano Baviera violin
Alberto Franchin violin
Sara Dambruoso viola
Tommaso Tesini cello
Ludwig van Beethoven
String quartet in F major, Op. 59 n. 1 “Rasumowsky”
String quartet in F major, Op. 73 n. 3
Project “Farulli 100”
The year 2020 will be one hundred years from Piero Farulli’s birth in 1920. This has prompted the non-profit Piero Farulli Association to make the decision to spearhead a special project to honor the powerful social message Farulli put forth throughout his life.
To this end, the Association created an Organizing Committee to unite internationally prominent agencies, institutions, and associations that have been beneficiaries of Maestro Farulli’s generous involvement.
Starting in January of 2020, there will be a year-long series of initiatives dedicated to Piero Farulli, taking place in Italy and in other countries, but in venues with a special significance, as well.
Project “Farulli 100” will involve institutions of many kinds, connected, not only with the music world, but also with science and education. What unites them is Piero Farulli’s message and the determination to uphold the cultural worth of music.
Each event stems from the desire on the part of the participants in the initiatives and its promoters to publicly bear witness to the affection and gratitude they feel towards Maestro Farulli, but also from the resolve to show to what extent his human and artistic teachings heralded the future.
On the one hand is Beethoven, who, in 1806, in order to please his influential and affluent dedicatee, Count Andreas Rasumowsky wove a genuinely rhythmic Russian folk theme into the last, brilliant movement of the first of three Quartets he had been commissioned to write. On the other hand is Shostakovich, who, fearing another accusation of formalism, allegedly “decorated” the movements of his String Quartet no. 3 renaming them into a patriotic programme referred to the just-concluded war and its dead—which, however, did not spare him the censure he dreaded. Premiered by the legendary Beethoven Quartet on 16 December, 1946, (which, through a coincidence of history, was the anniversary of Beethoven’s birth!), the score will now be performed by the talented Noûs Quartet, winner of the “Farulli” and “Abbiati” prizes.