Mantzar - Five Sinfonie | FAMS COALITION


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Five Sinfonie
Artist: Mantzar
Format: CD


Label: Phasma Music
Rel. Date: 09/30/2022
UPC: 660989086022

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Although the works in this release bear the title 'Sinfonia', they should not be connected as a genre, or classified stylistically with the classical symphonies that have dominated the orchestra repertory since the Classical Era. They belong to a genre of short autonomous musical pieces of introductory nature, very popular mainly in the Italian scene, under the term 'sinfonia', more akin to what Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725) used to describe as 'the Italian overture'. Each such 'sinfonia' comprises of a single unified part (as opposed to the three or usually four distinct parts of a classical symphony) in which all the motives are developed one after the other, even when the various musical themes vary in style and character. The sample parts of this unique genre included in this album come from a group of 18 piano sinfonie, all most probably written from 1832 onwards, when Mantzaros had long acquired music maturity in his compositions. Some of them were published by Italian editors after his death and he is again deemed the first Greek composer to have introduced the specific genre along all his others firsts. From a harmony and development point of view they are characterized by a more than predictable strict devotion to the chosen tonality and a general conservatism even when some musical motives could be categorized as 'exotic' (for example in the Sinfonia 'di Genere Orientale' - of Oriental Genre). This must surely have a lot to do with the fact that Mantzaros wrote all those works for pianoforte and therefore his available timbre was one and only.

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