Sonata per violoncello e pianoforte ‘Rifugio d’uccelli notturni’


 Sonata per violoncello e pianoforte ‘Rifugio d’uccelli notturni’ was composed in 1986 by request of cellist René Berman and was one  of a series of compositions ( Diverso il Tempo, Insonnia )  inspired by a verse from the italian poet Salvatore Quasimodo. The sonata has one movement, and its form was inspired by the indian raga. Reminiscent of a sitar, the cello has a slow and meditative introduction, finally joined by a ‘tanpura’ - drone of the piano.
The music is gradually accelerates and concludes with a romantic apotheosis. Rifugio was written intuitively, straight from the heart.




In alto c’è un pino distorto; sta intento ed ascolta
l’abisso col fusto piegato a balestra.

Rifugio d’uccelli notturni, nell’ora piu alta risuona
d’un battere d’ali veloce.

Ha pure un suo nido il mio cuore sospeso nel buio,
una voce; sta pure in ascolta, la notte.


Salvatore Quasimodo


High stands a twisted pine listening to the abyss

its trunk bent like a bow.

Refuge of night birds,

in the deepest hour it resounds the beating of swift wings.

also my heart has a nest hung in the dark, a voice;

it also listens to the night.


Salvatore Quasimodo