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Varietas Delectat

Varietas Delectat

A performance which is a homage to Antonio Salieri, with the direction of Antonio Giarola, commissioned by the same RBR Dance Company for the Choreographies and music by Salieri.

“Varietas Delectat is a Latin quotation written by Antonio Salieri as a commentary to his 1771 music play Armida which, according to the composer from Legnago, has a “magic-heroic-amoroso, sometimes tragic, style” (it is not by chance that the show begins with the ouverture of this play); and few people know that he actually often wrote about having mixed different musical styles in his works. A metissage, to use a fashionable term, that makes Salieri a forerunner at his time and a very modern composer nowadays, as he is being rediscovered following Puskin’s defamatory insinuations, which were turned into music by Rimski Korsakof and acted in drama by Peter Shaffer and in a popular film by Milos Forman, who represented Salieri as an icon of envy and mediocrity. Nothing of that is true. Even though today no historian would dare claim such unlikely and obscure “noir” theories, damage has been caused and institutions like the Antonio Salieri Foundation now must restore dignity to his image by enhancing his musical works.