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Trio Execo

Transfigured Night

Music as a way of construing the world


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Claudio Proietti: piano
Gloria Merani: violin
Filippo Burchietti: cello

«Transfigured Night, Arnold Schoenberg's musical composition, can be considered as a   symbol that sums up the extraordinary and unrepeatable period which took place in Vienna between the last three decades of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth.  It was a period which led to a redefinition of the vocabularies and codes in every area of culture, from literature to physics, from music to philosophy, from the figurative arts to psychoanalysis. to art form. Vienna was defined by one of its most significant exponents, Karl Kraus, as "a laboratory of world destruction". The transfigured night of that Vienna submitted to questioning and radical critical revision the orthodoxies, prejudices and myths handed down by tradition. And it did so in order to reshape within new horizons of possibility and decisively new ways of creating culture, in other words ways of thinking and using language, ways in which men relate to their environment, discovering through living metaphors a new ethical dimension and new way of being human, that is the immanent conditions of every gesture and cultural form. The representatives of that Viennese culture formulated the premises of problems and themes, both cultural and social, in which we are still immersed, whose consequences we are; which is why, from time to time, we sense the need to let theirs be the final say.» (Aldo G. Gargani)

The rewriting of the twentieth century's artistic, physical and philosophical codes seen through readings, recital and comments of one of Italy's most singular and acute philosophers. 

Musical programme

Arnold Schoenberg 

6 kleine Klavierstücke op.19

I. Leicht, zart

II. Langsam

III. Sehr langsam

IV. Rasch, aber leicht

V. Etwas rasch

VI. Sehr langsam

Anton Webern

4 Stücke op.7, for violin and piano

I. Sehr langsam

II. Rasch

III. Sehr langsam

Anton Webern

3 kleine Stücke op.11, for cello and piano

I. Mässige

II. Sehr bewegt

III. Äusserst ruhig

Arnold Schoenberg

"Verklärte Nacht" op.4, for string sextet

Transcription authorised for piano, violin and cello by Eduard Steuermann

Aldo Giorgio Gargani studied at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa and at the University of Oxford.  He is Professor of "Philosophical Research Methodologies" at the University of Pisa. He investigates aesthetic phenomena in order to explain the nature of processes of knowing in general, and not exclusively those of an aesthetic character. Art thus appears as part of truth. Music, in Gargano's view, is a way of thinking; it is the source of influential models and paradigms that form the basis of our understanding of utterances, mathematical demonstrations, and inferences, as they are of common, everyday expressions. In his recent volume, Wittgenstein. Parola, suono, gesto (Cortina 2008), Gargani underlines the cognitive value of the "propositional sound". In language, he claims, we "affirm something with the ear", and in mathematical demonstrations we recognise "harmonious and persuasive" figures and physiognomies. The process of understanding consists in bringing a previous non-existent adherence to words that we recognise as we do well-known faces.  

The Execo Trio brings together three members of the historic ECO Ensemble for Contemporary Experience, which, towards the end of the twentieth century, was a lead player on Italy's modern and contemporary music scene.


Claudio Proietti was born in Rome, where he studied, lives in Pisa, and teaches at the Conservatoire in Genova. Among his teachers B.Canino, M.Bortolotti, N.Pirrotta and F.D'Amico.

As a pianist he devotes himself mainly to the modern and contemporary repertoire. Over recent years he has responded more frequently to unusual performance proposals, experiences conducted in the company of both musicians and musicologists, thinkers, actors, dancers, visual artists (among whom Renzo Boldrini, Aldo Giorgio Gargani, Micha Van Hoecke, Gabriele Lavia, Ilario Luperini, Roberto Martini, Vittorio Taviani).

He is author of numerous texts for the most part dealing with twentieth century music.


Gloria Merani, after obtaining his diploma cum laude, continued his studies with Vernikov and Gilels. He attended chamber-music courses with Asciolla and Bogino. He has obtained recognition in national and international competitions, in duo with the piano and in other formations.

His extreme versatility and flexibility has allowed him to perform in a wide variety of repertoires, and he is thus a regular member of several chamber ensembles, with which he has toured Europa, the Middle East, South America. He has appeared in radio broadcasts, both live and on recordings (RAI - Mattino Tre, Radio Tre Suite).

Since 1984 he has been professor of violin, currently teaching at the "N. Paganini" Conservatoire in Genova.


Filippo Burchietti, cellist, trained with teachers such as Bacchelli, Gergian, Baldovino, Janigro and Brunello. His chamber music training was further enriched by experiences with Farulli, Garbarino, Asciolla and Jones. He has played with numerous orchestras, often as first cello: the Italian Youth Orchestra, the O.R.T. and those of Naples, Venice, Parma and Turin. He has a full chamber-music diary, appearing with several ensembles with which he has recorded for EMI and Rodolphe, touring to various parts of the world. He holds seminars on repertoire for solo cello, teaches at the "P.Mascagni" Institute in Livorno, the Music School in Fiesole and the "G. Verdi School in Prato.