Art in Nature. The music of the mountains
The walls of the Dolomites become pink at dawn while a musician holds an instrument before an audience silently enraptured by the beauty of it all
Sounds of the Dolomites
The summer musical event of Trentino that brings great musicians to perform against a backdrop of the most beautiful mountains in the world, offers wonderful, unforgettable experiences, such as this event entitled Albe (Dawn in the Dolomites). Similar experiences can be found in Trekking, a 3-day trek in close proximity with musicians, sleeping in mountain refuges and sharing difficulties amid the silence of the mountains and music that goes beyond words. Some of the most extraordinary musicians that perform at Sounds of the Dolomites in Trentino have the honour of choosing, and having named after them, one of the tonewood spruce trees in the Valle di Fiemme, which were used by Stradivari and other great string-instrument makers to create the best violins and piano the soundboards in the world.
In the Bosco che suona (Musical Wood), in Valmaggiore above Predazzo, where ceremonies take place that symbolically give musicians a tree, the virtuous relationship between art and nature in Trentino achieves alchemical completion. Last year the great maestro Salvatore Accardo played his precious violin, Guarneri del Gesù dating back to 1733, next to the spruce tree that had just been named after him and was surprised because he had never heard it vibrate so much.
It also happens to those who are lucky enough to attend a concert in the Dolomites, the heart that vibrates in harmony with nature and great music.
"If God had to choose a place to play, he would come here," commented the great violinist Ivry Gitlis on a visit to the Arte Sella Cattedrale Vegetale in the Valsugana: 3 Gothic style open-air naves formed by 80 columns of 12-metre high intertwined branches, including a hornbeam and a 82x15-metre base, form a plant cathedral , the
work of the artist Giuliano Mauri. It is one of the symbolic works of this international event of contemporary art in nature.