Louis Andriessen (1939-2021)

Passeggiata in tram in America e ritorno (1998)

for solo voice, amplified violin and ensemble

  • General information
    • Composition date: 1998
      Revision dates: 2002
    • Duration: 8 mn
    • Libretto (details, author):

      Dino Campana

Detailed formation
  • soloists: unspecified soloist voice, violin
  • 3 trombones, flute, horn, 3 trumpets, piano, double bass

Premiere information

  • Date: 27 July 2001

    Australie, Brisbane


    Cristina Zavalloni : voix, Monica Germino : violon, De Volharding, direction : Ernst van Tiel.

  • Date: 29 September 2002

    Italie, Tolmezzo, Sala del Municipio


    Cristina Zavalloni : soprano, Sentieri selvaggi, direction : Carlo Boccadoro.

Program note

The DVD Passeggiata in America e ritorno was made in 1999. The score consists of a short "ouverture" for keyboard and a song for jazz singer, violin and keyboard. The text solo consists of two long fragments of the poem in prose by Dino Campana with the same name. The visual artist Marijke van Warmerdam made a rigorous interpretation of Campana’s beautiful, surrealist poetry into an adventurous, polyinterpretable imagery. The song is especially composed for the italian singer Cristina Zavalloni.

Louis Andriessen.