Category Archives: Felsina

“Boschereccia n. 3 — Il Museo della Musica”

Albumleaf 163: October 18, 2019 (Bologna) The third boschereccia looks inward at a person’s thoughts as they register the pair of horns and harps in the sala boschereccia of the Museo internazionale e biblioteca della musica di Bologna. The sound of the horns and the harps mingles with the opening phrases of Josquin’s “Ave maria […]

“Boschereccia n. 2 — Palazzo d’Accursio”

Albumleaf 162: October 10, 2019 (Bologna) The second boshereccia evokes a thoroughly indoor space through a melody-and-accompaniment (singer-and-piano?) texture. The repeated notes try to capture the play of water in the fountains featured in the room’s frescoes. At the end, we observe the stillness of Canova’s stature in the room’s center.

“Boschereccia n. 1 — Palazzo Hercolani”

Albumleaf 161: June 5, 2019 (Bologna) The first of three projected ‘leaves about rooms in Bologna where the walls and ceilings are painted to make it seem like you’re outside in a garden or forest This one comes from Palazzo Hercolani’s sala boschereccia, which is a particularly echo-y space. The music starts as a hallucination […]

“Plier Tree Revisited (Odin at the Spring)”

Albumleaf 136: July 3, 2018 (Bologna) If ever a title required explanation, this is it. Back in November 2012, I began writing an Albumleaf inspired by Mooney Warther’s wooden sculpture “Plier Tree” (pictured below). I quickly became mired in “masterpiece mode,” completing page after page of sketches, throwing away music, starting and restarting, and so […]

“Slow Mozart”

Stick with it: the title doesn’t give it all away. Albumleaf 129: April 19, 2018 (Bologna)  

“Idea for a Barcarolle”

Albumleaf 126: March 14, 2018 (Bologna)

“Urna biconica”

Be warned: it’s a quiet one. (It’s an urn, after all.) Albumleaf 123: February 16, 2018 (Bologna)    

“Gli Alberi in Piazza Puntoni”

(“The Trees in Piazza Puntoni”) Albumleaf 104: August 5, 2013 (Bologna)

“Dottor Balanzone ci dice come stanno le cose”

(“Doctor Balanzone tells us how the world works.”) Albumleaf 103: July 23, 2013 (Bologna)  

“David’s Version”

Albumleaf 101: June 17, 2013 (Bologna) You’ll find Mozart’s version and Padre Martini’s version here.