Franz Liszt: Dante Symphony – Part 1

Last updated Mar 28, 2021 | Published on Apr 1, 2021

Winner of a fellowship at the Bayreuther Festspiele, Mr. Griglio’s conducting has been praised for his “energy” and “fine details”. Mr. Griglio took part in the first world recording of music by composer Irwin Bazelon and conducted several world premieres like "The song of Eddie", by Harold Farberman, a candidate for the Pulitzer Prize. Principal Conductor of International Opera Theater Philadelphia for four years, Mr.Griglio is also active as a composer. His first opera, Camille Claudel, debuted in 2013 to a great success of audience and critics. Mr. Griglio is presently working on an opera on Caravaggio and Music Director of Opera Odyssey.

The structure of the first movement, dedicated to the descent of Dante and Virgil through the circles of hell, is in sonata form. As well as the Divine Comedy, it can be divided into various “episodes”, the main of which is dedicated to Paolo and Francesca (the 5th canto in the comedy). The key is D minor, but the development is chromatic and ambiguous, with a dominant in G#; while the harmony is based on series of diminished sevenths.

The Gates of Hell

The movement opens slowly with three themes describing the verses engraved on the door of hell [...]
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