Rifugio d’Uccelli Notturni
Sonata for cello and piano, ‘Rifugio d’uccelli notturni’, was composed in 1986 by request of cellist René Berman. Like Diverso il Tempo and Insonnia it is based on a poem by the italian poet Salvatore Quasimodo. The sonata has one movement, inspired by the indian raga. Like the a sitar in Indian classical music, the cello plays a long, slow and meditative introduction, finally joined by a drone performed by the piano, like the tanpura in Indian music. The music gradually accelerates and concludes with a romantic apotheosis. Rifugio was written intuitively, and straight from the heart.
In alto c’è un pino distorto; sta intento ed ascolta
l’abisso col fusto piegato a balestra.
Rifugio d’uccelli notturni, nell’ora piu alta risuona
d’un battere d’ali veloce.
Ha pure un suo nido il mio cuore sospeso nel buio,
una voce; sta pure in ascolta, la notte.
High stands a twisted pine listening to the abyss
its trunk bent like a bow.
Refuge of night birds,
in the deepest hour it resounds the beating of swift wings.
also my heart has a nest hung in the dark, a voice;
it also listens to the night.
(translation by JacobTV)