Simon Rackham

Orphic Songs (Without Words) in Memory of Dino Campana

by Simon Rackham

Released 2012
Released 2012
Seventy two minutes of music intended to reflect something about the location of, and atmosphere in the work of the visionary Italian poet Dino Campana.
Orphic Songs (without words) was written in memory of the Italian poet Dino Campana (1885-1932) and his singular book of poetry ‘Orphic Songs’. The piece is for three pianos and consists of three pieces; 1. Dino Campana in Lastra a Signa, 2. The view from Castel Pulci, & 3. Sleeping at Badia a Settimo. The three pieces are all in the same key but have slightly different speeds. They are played independently, and one with the other in different combinations. The difference in speeds creates a subtly distorted rhythmic ambiguity that I intended to reflect the unsettled nature of Campana’s mind. The pieces are played in the order: 1, 1 & 2, 2 & 3, 3, 2, 1 & 3, 1 & 2 & 3, creating seven movements in total. For the last few years I have lived very close to Castel Pulci, and my girlfriend's grandmother Annunziatina Rossi used to work there when it was an asylum and knew Dino Campana while he was there. This geographical & personal connection to Campana was the primary inspiration for composing the work, which was written in 2009.