Gian Paolo Luppi explains why music represents his whole life and why the best for young people is to sing in the choir and listen to music
For me, music represents my whole life. The song, the choir, the orchestra, the wind orchestra, the liturgy, the teaching, all my life is filled with music, before a work is a great passion
Do you agree that music is all about fantasy?
Not only, music is also reality.
If you were not a professional musician, would would you have been?
I do not know, maybe a mathematician
The classical music audience is getting old, are you worried about your future?
For me no, for my son and for my very little students, I would not stop. only to music, European society does not give the right space to art
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 see a big change, I grew up with Webern Maderna and Donatoni, Berio, Boulez, Stockausen and all the musicians who went to Darmstadt. I educated and taught my first students this very revolutionary "avant-garde" language, now the new generations have a lot more attention to consonance, they love tonality again, and look closely at all kinds of music, I think the future will take us a return to the past. Art doesn’ t change his role……I hope…..
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?
I remember that music and art are always evolving and seek new ways and new paths.
Do you think that the classical musician today needs to be more creative? Whats the role of creativity in the musical process for you?
The artist must always be creative, I think I'm always creative, both in writing and in interpreting. This is of great help in continuous confrontation with the new generations.
Do you think we musicians can do something to attract young generation into the classical music concerts? How will you proceed?
Involving the world that they attend and work hard in schools not just in music schools.
Tell us about your creative process. Do you have your favourite piece (written by you) How did you start working on it?
I consider all the pieces I wrote as children ... I do not have a favorite piece, but I have some pieces that have changed my life a lot. One of these is MANI and AURE for solo Clarinet. I had finished military service, and it was not easy for me to start writing again. Franco Donatoni helped me so much by suggesting me to start using three simple intervals, combined in all possible ways, using a solo instrument, the clarinet. This work was born as a study for the instrument, but now it's almost a classic, from there I started writing and never stopped.
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?
It is normal for me to do this
Can you give some advice for young people who want to discover classical music for themselves?
Sing in chorus and listen so much
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?
Consumption is entering consumer music ..... certainly not classical music, at least in Italy. I do not have so many performances, but I'm largely related to interpreters around the world who run and love contemporary language, which does not come into consumption ..... unfortunately ....
Do you have expectations what regards your listeners, your audience?
I do not care….
What projects are coming up? Do you experiment in your projects?
I'm thinking of two very important anniversaries for me the 25th anniversary of J. Cage's death and 150 of G. Rossini's death, surely something will happen.