Bruno Pavan, Elena Cimitan, Giacomo Dalla Toffola, Gianfranco Ferrara, Piergiorgio Gregolin, Giovanni Portello, Federico Pupo, Ivano Sartor, Clara Sperandio
A HISTORY OF CARE, GOALS AND IDEAS
On the evening of 15th September 1989, the
Dutch organist Peter Westerbrink, with a recital dedicated to the Northern
German school, opened the first production of the Festival Organistico
Internazionale “Città di Treviso”, which came into being on the initiative of a
few devotees in collaboration with the Circoscrizione di Santa Bona of the Treviso Municipality.
With that first initiative, the Festival's organizing committee began its
activities with the ambition of organizing an organ music festival annually but
especially to make corporations and private individuals wake up to the recovery
of the considerable heritage of historical mechanical instruments in which the
city was particularly rich - enough to be able to consider itself unique in the
The project was undoubtedly ambitious and not easy to bring about but,
thanks to the valuable and determined intervention of the
Fondazione Cassamarca and in particular of its Chairman, barr.
Dino De Poli, it has been possible over the course of the years to
realize the dream of many organists and devotees: today, the city of Treviso has had all its
historical instruments perfectly restored and is able to make them available to many
students and organists, this priceless heritage that comes from all over the world.
THE DIDACTIC ACTIVITIES
It is for this characteristic that Treviso is visited by many organ classes of the greatest European conservatories, as well
as from Corea, Austria and USA, and hosts academies and holds in-depth study
courses on Italian organ literature. Moreover, since its first edition the
festival proposes many conferences and round-tables with the most important
musicologists as Oscar Mischiati and Alberto Basso, and famous
organists as Gustav Leonhardt, Luigi F. Tagliavini, Michael Radulescu, Harald
Vogel. Since 2001, after the building of the new organ in Salgareda, we
organize courses of interpretation of the French organ literature with the most
important French organ players.
THE PROMOTING ACTIVITIES
Each year, thank to the collaboration of a
local important businessman Mr Arnaldo Compiano, the Promoting Committee
realizes a Calendar that has become an important tool for the cataloguing of
the heritage. Mr Compiano particular care for the cultural activities has
allowed the Festival to record many CDs that, through the performance of
different pieces based on the characteristic of each instrument, preserve the
sound and the harmony of the organs.
THE EUROPEAN ACTIVITIES
The Festival of Treviso itself was made a
promoter in 1997 by a European Committee of the Cities of Historical Organs
(ECHO), which was joined by the cities of Alkmaar (Holland), Lisbon (Portugal),
Toulouse (France), Saragozza (Spain), Freiberg (Germany), Roskilde (Denmark),
Gothenburg (Sweden), Innsbruck (Austria) and later Bruxelles (Belgio), Friburgo
(Svizzera) Umago (Croazia) e Trondheim (Norvegia).
In September 1999, the Committee formalized
this constitution formally assuming the name “Europae Civitates Historicorum
Organorum” (ECHO) and has elected is official base in Treviso with Mr Dino De Poli as Honorary Chairman.
The essential conditions required to join this Committee are:
the presence of one (in the case one is talking about an instrument of European
importance) or more historical instruments suitably restored and upgraded, a
programme for recovery of the historical instruments not yet restored, a real
interest (in the form of the local administrations) in the upgrading of the
organ heritage of the various cities, the well-established presence of an
international concert performance in each of the twinned cities.
The true spirit of the twinning lies also in increasing and assisting the
promotion and the exchange of the organ culture specific to each country and in
co-operation: in the promotion and restoration of historical organs; in the
co-production of important musical events; in assisting the exchange of
students, ideas and public.
During the Annual Meeting 2007 in Toulouse Treviso has been charged also to manage the Organizational Secretariat and the treasury of the network, to confirm the role and the attitude of the Festival
into ECHO. This charge has the aim to make easier this complex organization,
that has always suffered of linguistic and bureaucratic problems.
The Organ Festival is also participating to the European project Hydraulis to preserve and enhance the historic organs from the Scuola Veneta. This project involves the Adriatic regions of
Italy (Veneto, Friuli, Marche) together with Slovenia, Croatia, Greek
and Montenegro that, in particular on the coast, have been historically influenced by the
artistic and cultural supremacy of the Venetian Republic. The Adriatic regions have
always been lied by a strong commercial and cultural exchange and nowadays are
sharing also this interest towards the cultural heritage. This interests has
generated, in some Italian regions, the cataloguing of many organs and the
restoration of some of the most important, increasing the musical philology and the
musicological research about the organ literature.
The responsible person of each country have created several meeting opportunities, and in 2004 in
Treviso has prepared a document to dispose a partnership for the heritage preservation.
All the countries involved into the project Hydraulis have the aim to collaborate,
with a systemic approach, in cataloguing and restoring the instruments of this
large territory. Moreover they are working to promote studies and researches to
increase the knowledge of the Scuola Veneta, organising concerts, exhibitions,
conferences and meetings. This cooperation is based on the common goal of an
increasing cultural development that can generate new horizons also to the
In June 2007 in the city of Pesaro, all the Associations and the public bodies have meet to dispose
the structure of this partnership and to go into the Venetian’s organ
heritage subject. The Representatives of the Administration of Pesaro and
Treviso, and of their Festivals, the Cultural Representative of Montenegro, the
Representative of the Croatian Government and the Bishop of Corfù have
participated to this meeting, taking the commitment to enlarge this partnership
involving also Slovenia, Albania and Cipro.