What are the current activities and which future projects?
Currently we have an intense publishing activity, which involves the publication of about 8 volumes a year for Brepols Publishers (Belgium) and the Ut Orpheus Editions of Bologna. The Centro Studi conducts a dozen or so musicological series, to which are added works for the editions in progress and two international scientific journals. The Sextects Op. 23 and Boccherini’s Quintets for Guitar are now coming out in critical edition. They have just come out, in a critical edition and a practice edition, the two volumes of the Stabat Mater, both in the edition for soprano only, of 1781, and in the version with 3 voices, of 1801. And soon we will begin work on Quintets for strings Op.15. The first English monograph on Pietro Antonio Locatelli, written by Fulvia Morabito, has been published recently and now we are preparing the critical edition of the Sonata in G minor for violin and basso continuo by Locatelli (composition without opus number 1).
Other projects in progress are a miscellaneous book about John Williams and the first volume of a new series, called Contemporary Composers, that has been inaugurated in April for Brepols, directed by Massimiliano Locanto and Massimiliano Sala. In addition we will soon work on a volume dedicated to Camille Saint-Saëns and on other books dedicated to the relationship between music and power in the Baroque period, to the music scheduled in the nineteenth century and to music criticism in the first half of the twentieth century.
For the summer two operatic master classes are planned in collaboration with Wichita University of Kansas and the University of Western Ontario. The first, “Sing in Italy”, will end in June proposing a couple of lyric concerts of the students of the course, while the second, “AEDO – European Academy of Opera“, will end in mid-August wen will be held an opera festival with the representation of Le nozze di Figaro by Mozart and the Serse di Handel, with a modern orchestra and a baroque one created apposite for the event and made up of both Tuscan and international professionals.
We are also about to launch a new series dedicated to Music, Science and Technology, and we have recently inaugurated a Network dedicated to the study of music criticism, which brings together international research groups on the subject, and which hosts an online magazine, further publications and archive material and databases.
The Center is therefore very active internationally, but is Lucca aware of the importance of Boccherini? Are there any city initiatives related to the figure of the composer?
Lucca has slowly become aware of the importance of Boccherini. If abroad Boccherini has always been considered a composer like Haydn and Mozart, in Lucca his fame has undergone the presence of another important great composer from Lucca, Giacomo Puccini. In recent years, however, various initiatives and events have taken place in the city to commemorate his figure, celebrating work with concerts and music festivals. To these we also add our editorial production, which constantly spreads his work both through the edition and through a congress activity – it is worth remembering for example the Boccherini Studies, a musicological series dedicated to the composer who has so far his fifth volume.
Certainly very interesting for cellists. Thanks for the interview and good work!