Moncher, Francesco Maria
Five Elements Vol. 1: Acqua (music By Scriabin, Liszt,
The indissoluble bond between art and nature is the framework in which this project moves, a fascinating yet infinite search among the five elements: water, earth, air, fire and ether. In this personal symbolic-visionary journey, water is the beginning. Alexander Scriabins Sonate-Fantaisie is also known as the 'Sonata of the Three Seas', since the Baltic, the Black and the Mediterranean Seas became its inspiring vision. Between 1835 and 1882 Franz Liszt composed the collection Les Annes de pèlerinage. In its third and final book, Les Jeux d'eaux à la Villa d'Este is the result of his sojourns in the enchantment of Tivoli. In 1901, Maurice Ravel composed his own version of Jeux d'eau as a tribute to Liszt's piece, which left an indelible mark on the world of music. Ravels Une barque sur l'ocan, dedicated to the painter Paul Sordes, tells of a boat gliding over the oceans waves; his triptych Gaspard de la nuit is inspired by a collection of prose ballads written in 1836 by Louis Bertrand. Both La Cathdrale engloutie (from the first book of Claude Debussys Prludes of 1910) and Reflets dans l'eau (from his suite Images of 1905) reveal his unique search for tone and colour. By way of conclusion, Debussys L'isle joyeuse is inspired by the painting L'embarquement pour Cythère by Antoine Watteau.