Ermano Maggini (1931-1991) - Comment to edition 6

TORSO VIII Trio for clarinet C and G, violoncello and piano

Animato - Con fuoco - Lento devoto
1989/1990 Zurich/Intragna
time: ca. 16'
dedicated to the Trio Zemlinsky

Torso VIII

Ermano Maggini wrote fourteen works only in the brief period from 1988 to 1991. This include Torso VIII, trio for clarinet, violoncello and piano dedicated to the Trio Zemslinsky which first performed it in March 1991 at the Kleiner Tonhallesaal Zurich, a few months before his early death. Both the wide ranging tonal architecture and the concise expressive density are characteristic of Ermano Maggini. The disappearance of the sound or the fading away in space remains a part of these works, a cycle of compositions Ermano Maggini named: Torso. Maggini imagined the space wherein the sound might disappear as a part of the whole musical creation. It is completed by the silence. Visually this would mean: it is completed in the invisible. This might also correspond to Torso VIII.

Torso VIII was dedicated to the Trio Zemlinsky, Annick Gautier, cello, Patricia Thomas, piano and Thomas Friedli, clarinet. Ermano Maggini composed more solo works for these instruments and they were performed successively by these musicians. (see also other Editions of Ermano Maggini by Müller & Schade). It remained Ermano Maggini's wish that these recordings should be published on CD. The CD 'Ermano Maggini. Kammermusik. Trio Zemlinsky' was also a cooperation of the Fondazione Ermano Maggini-Intragna and the Radio della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano: Edition Jecklin Szene Schweiz JS 295-2, 1993.

Text: Evi Kliemand, 1993/2011

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