<< Back to catalogue of works


for orchestra
work winner of the X Concorso Intern. di Composiz. “Ferdinando Ballo”
founded by Pomeriggi Musicali di Milano
degree of difficuty for the orchestra: medium-high
duration: 14’ approx.
year of composition: 1973
I performance: Bologna, Teatro Comunale, 10.11.1973 – dir. B. Martinotti
Edizioni Suvini Zerboni, Milano
(the parts can be hired out)
( - - A.: opp.
live recording is available
WORK REGISTERED AT SIAE (Italian Authors and Publishers Association)

The title of this piece uses, in adjective form, an allusion to the 'Limbo' of theological memory. The reference to this metaphysical place of irresolution is a metaphor for a condition which the author holds dear.

A cruel rhetoric would have us live as heroes. But in gerenal one dies of heroism; and those who propose the heroic life hardly ever die of it themselves.

A monochromatic moralism would have us opt either for white, or for black, with the corollary of intransigent expectations for employment and signing up. Such a vision pertains, however, to the colour-blind, who notoriously have trouble when faced with the nuances of colour.

Those who are destined to nothing may accede to Limbo. Heaven is boring. Hell is an evil invention. While awaiting more reasonable solutions the author would rather opt for Limbo.

The techniques and the musical philosophy of the piece are brought to light below.