Sinfonia n. 7 (opera di Ralph Vaughan-Williams del 1953)

Composta nel 1953, la SINFONIA n. 7 di Ralph Vaughan-Williams, denominata Antartica, è stata ispirata dal film LA TRAGEDIA DEL CAPITANO SCOTT, che parla di una spedizione nel polo sud avvenuta agli inizi del ventesimo secolo.

Il compositore inglese mette su 5 movimenti che ricreano suoni onomatopeici i quali fanno immaginare i paesaggi dell’Antartide. Comincia con Preludio-Andante maestoso, dall’atmosfera cupa inizialmente, che si sviluppa verso momenti di tensione e di quiete. Segue Scherzo-Moderato, dai toni leggeri ma al contempo marcati. Landscape-Lento, dove le sfumature tonali, creano un effetto di disorientamento, come se ci si trovasse davvero sperduti in un luogo impervio. Intermezzo-Andante sostenuto, dai timbri soffusi ed infine Epilogo-Alla marcia (moderato ma non troppo), brano che produce emozioni contrastanti.

Un omaggio alla natura, bella e feroce ma anche e soprattutto alla musica che Vaughan-Williams, vissuto tra il 1872 ed il 1958, ha sviluppato con tecnica e passione.

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