Festival Musica Antica a Magnano: Master class

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9. – 17. 8. 2018
13887 Magnano (Biella, I)

Master class Silva Manfrè
Organ (Giovanni Bruna, 1794)

Some of the works chosen in the repertoire of the South German organ school from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries will be studied. The aim is to highlight the close style-relationships between this School and the Italian one, focusing on the figures of Girolamo Frescobaldi and Bernardo Pasquini. In particular, we will dedicate ourerselves to the works of Johann Jakob Froberger, Johann Caspar Kerll, Georg Muffat, Johann Pachelbel and Alessandro Poglietti. However. Some of Bernardo Pasquini’s “Sonate a due Bassi” will be the subject of Basso Continuo lessons.

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Festival Musica Antica a Magnano: Organ concert

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11. 8. 2018
Saturday | 9 p. m. | Chiesa S. Giovanni Battista
Via Castello, 8
13887 Magnano (Biella, I)

Free entry!

Silva Manfrè
organ (Giovanni Bruna, 1794)


”Italiani … all’Estero: tracce di stile italiano nei compositori d’Oltralpe“

Georg Muffat
Toccata ottava (Apparatus musico-organisticus, 1690)
Fantasia sopra ”Sollare: lascia fare mi“ FbWV 204 (Libro Secondo di Toccate, Fantasie, Canzone, Allemande,1649)

Bernardo Pasquini
Toccata in re

Johann Kaspar Kerll
Canzona V Toccata IV cromatica con durezze e ligature Passacaglia

Domenico Scarlatti
Sonata in sol maggiore K 328 Sonata in do maggiore ”Pastorale“ K 513 Sonata in do maggiore K 255                                                                       

Gian Francesco De Majo
Sonata II

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Andante KV 616

Gaetano Valeri
Sinfonia per Organo in re maggiore


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Foto: Chiesa S. Giovanni Battista, Magnano © Alessandro Vecchi

Musical Meditations in the Advent 2018

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»Come to me,
all you who are weary and burdened,
and I will give you rest
(Mt 11, 28)

Every Wednesday | 6 p. m. | Church of St. Thekla
1040 Wien, Wiedner Hauptstraße 82
Free entry!

Artistic direction: Silva Manfrè and Susanne Antonicek


5. 12. 2018
Pater Pius Platz meditation

Performers and programme to be announced.


12. 12. 2018
Pater Pius Platz meditation

Performers and programme to be announced.


19. 12. 2018
Pater Pius Platz meditation

Performers and programme to be announced.


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Born in Verona (Italy), Silva Manfrè studied piano, organ and composition at the conservatory of her hometown and at the University of Music and Performing Arts of Vienna with Michael Radulescu. She also studied musicology at the Universities of Pavia (I) and Vienna (A). She got her degree with a dissertation on the organ compositions of Arnold Schönberg, Olivier Messiaen und Paul Hindemith. Silva Manfrè attended masterclasses in particular in historical performance practice with Gaston Litaize, Guy Bovet, Bernard Brauchli, Esteban Elizondo, Harald Vogel, Lorenzo Ghielmi and Paolo Crivellaro.

International concert activities as soloist and chamber music player led her to Italy (Asiago Festival Internazionale, Festival di Musica Antica di Magnano, Organfestival of Alessandria, Rassegna »Monteverdi ai Frari«, „Gaude Barbara beata“ in Mantua, Festival Serassi, „Concerti di S. Torpete“ in Liguria and others), Austria (Wiener Orgelkonzerte, Wiener Bezirksfestwochen, Orgelkonzerte von Jeunesse und ORF / Radio Ö1, „Music for a while. Alte Musik in Bludenz“, »donauFESTWOCHEN im Strudengau« in Upper Austria and others), in Hungary, Czech Republic, Switzerland (Festival Antegnati – Bellinzona, Rassegna Organistica Valmaggese), Spain, the Principality of Andorra and in Slovenia. Silva Manfrè has also made radio recordings for the Austrian Broadcasting (ORF), radio klassik Stephansdom and the European Broadcasting Union.

Among her main interests are less known or rarely performed compositions of the Renaissance, the Baroque and the classical period as well as organ chamber music. Silva Manfrè has worked together with contemporary composers such as Michael Radulescu, Wolfgang Sauseng, Karl Schnürl, Paul Koutnik, the catalan composer Victor Estapé who wrote his composition »Landschaft mit Gesang« (Landscape with chant) for her and the spanish flutist Enric Ribalta (First performance: Vienna 2011) and Pier Damiano Peretti (First performance of »Canto di una Creatura« for soprano and organ with Marie-Antoinette Stabentheiner, Vienna, march 2018). In summer 2018 Silva Manfrè will give a master class (organ, basso continuo) at the Festival Musica Antica Magnano (Piemont, I).

Silva Manfrè was also organist at the Cappella musicale of the Cathedral of Padua (IT). She has been Organist at the »St. Thekla« Church of the Piarists in Vienna since 1998.



Foto: Silva Manfrè (© Tommaso De Barbieri)