Mario Castelnuovo Tedesco, The Divan of Moses ibn Ezra
Presentation by: Tina Frühauf
Luigi Attademo, guitar
Tookah Sapper, soprano
The fourth evening of the series Exile and Creativity is dedicated to a musician who, because of the racial laws, like many intellectuals and politicians, was forced to immigrate to the United States. What better way to honor him than performing his music.
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (3 April 1895 – 16 March 1968) was an Italian composer, pianist and writer. He was known as one of the foremost guitar composers of the twentieth century, and for this instrument he composed close to one hundred compositions. In 1939, following the promulgation of the racial laws in Italy, he immigrated to the United States, where he remained until his death in 1968. The Divan of Moses ibn Ezra is one of his last compositions, and puts into music a series of poems on the exile by the great Spanish Hebrew poet who lived between the XI and the XII century.