Fabio Mengozzi reveals the mystery of creation and how to bring opposite elements together in the same work.
Music for me is a research. I try to explore the mystery of creation
Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?
Fantasy is an essential component of the creative process. Creativity can manifest itself in different forms. One of the major achievements of a composer is to bring opposite elements together in the same work. We have to get the right balance between rationality and irrationality.
If you were not a professional musician, would would you have been?
Each of us has a destiny. My fate was to be a composer. I really cannot imagine a different thing.
The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about your future?
What you say is true, but I'm not particularly worried for the future of music. In fact nowadays we have powerful methods of mass communication such as the internet. This is the reason why I believe that musical heritage will not be lost, even if our times are so difficult. Obviously, we must invest more on young people and educate them to music.
What do you envision the role of classical music to be in the 21 century? Do you see that there is a transformation of this role?
I hope this transformation means to recover the value of spirituality and intuition. It is something we definitely need. I believe in the power of music to change people.
When I say that classical music is searching for new ways or that the classical music is getting a new face, what would come to your mind?
“Opportunity” is the word that comes to my mind. New ways mean an opportunity for self-expression.
Do you think that the classical musician today needs to be more creative? Whats the role of creativity in the musical process for you?
Creativity is the base of art. I'm convinced that everyone has creative resources inside his soul. The task of an artist is to be himself and acknowledge his personal way: that makes the difference.
Do you think we musicians can do something to attract young generation into the classical music concerts? How will you proceed?
Music is a natural language. I'm also a piano teacher and I can affirm that young people are very spontaneous and sensitive. If you get them interested, they'll always give you a positive feedback.
Tell us about your creative process. Do you have your favourite piece (written by you) How did you start working on it?
I try to base my music on the immutable law that governs cosmos and nature: everything follows a geometric order. I consider all my pieces connected together as if they were a single poem. I don't have a favorite one.
We, Moving Classics TV, love the combination of classical music with different disciplines: music and painting, music and cinematography, music and digital art, music and poetry. What do you think about these combinations?
I like so much the combinations of music with visual arts or poetry. Since ancient times music has been associated with other arts as well as mathematics. Besides, in the past some composers were also painters, like Schönberg, or philosopher were also composers, like Rousseau.
Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?
Music has to be approached with an open mind, so they should wish to learn something new day after day.
Now it is a common practice in the media to talk that the classical music is getting into the consumption business, do you agree? We are speaking about the supply and demand rules and how to sell your “product” in your case your compositions. How do you see it?
I compose because I feel the need to. My intention is to convey a message to the listeners and this is the main purpose of the music. The profit is not to be demonized, but it cannot become the reason for making music: music should remain pure.
Do you have expectations what regards your listeners, your audience?
My musical language is accessible to all audiences because music must involve the listeners. However, my music comprehends different levels: of these levels, the sound is only the most superficial. I hope listeners will discover all the other levels and the hidden meanings.
What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?
I'm very open to new things and experimentation. In a couple of day will be out my new CD “Mistero e poesia” for the Italian musical label Stradivarius. The CD is a collection of 18 pieces for piano composed and performed by myself.