Music in the venues of Padova Urbs picta

The first project of our association is dedicated to our city, Padua, on the occasion of the UNESCO candidacy: Padova Urbs picta. Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the pictorial cycles of the fourteenth century.

The project, in collaboration with the Municipality of Padua and the Candidacy Committee, consists in the creation of music videos in which professional artists put their music in dialogue with the fourteenth-century frescoes in the UNESCO candidate sites.

The project is driven not only by love for Padua and its beauties, but also by the strong desire to bring them into dialogue with music from various eras and origins. The message is clear and modern: the maximum cultural expressions of a society are reached through scientific and artistic dialogue, just as seven centuries ago Giotto painted Halley’s comet, discovered by the English astronomer only a few years earlier.
Thus the compositional genius of authors such as J.S. Bach, Chopin and Barrios, the poetry of traditional music and the contemporary freshness of original music resonate in the eight fourteenth-century art sites.

Chiesa dei Santi Filippo e Giacomo agli Eremitani

A virtuosic study op. 10 n°12 by Chopin takes us to the Church of the Eremitani, which, despite its turbulent history, still preserves the stories of Saints Philip, James and Augustine frescoed by Guariento, with a skilful use of color and spatiality.

The art of Guariento in dialogue with Fryedryk Chopin’s music, performed by Renata Benvegnù.

Eremitani Church (1276) is one of the venues of the UNESCO nomination Padova Urbs Picta: ‘Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles’

Renata Benvegnù:

Cappella degli Scrovegni

Harp, guitar, cello and percussion dialogue in Moon, original piece by the Zephyros ensemble: the variety of sounds, touches, timbres and musical colors recall Giotto’s innovative notes, colours, space, feeling, perspective

Giotto’s art and Zephyros‘ music protagonists of our video at Scrovegni Chapel, gem of UNESCO Nomination Padova Urbs picta.


Oratorio di San Michele

The detailed frescoes by Jacopo da Verona, with skilful portraiture, even of contemporary characters, are narrated by the notes of a vibraphone, with Bach’s Prelude BWV 1007.

The art of Jacopo da Verona in dialogue with J.S. Bach’s music, performed by Arrigo Axia.

San Michele is one of the venues of the UNESCO nomination Padova Urbs Picta: ‘Giotto, the Scrovegni Chapel and the 14th century painting cycles’.

Arrigo Axia:

Palazzo della Ragione

The power of the words of Eugenio Genero, grandfather of Hugo Pratt and the sweetness of the music of Calicanto fill the majesty of the art of the Palazzo della Ragione, historic center of the city and its activities.

Calicanto at Palazzo della Ragione for UNESCO nomination Padova Urbs picta.

The song ‘Venexia mia’ by Calicanto and Roberto Kriscak is a musical redemption of Eugenio Genero poem.


Cappella della reggia Carrarese

The incredible attention to detail of Guariento, in his narration of the stories of the Old Testament in the Chapel of the Reggia Carrarese, is associated with the voice of the classical guitar, an instrument as delicate as it is virtuous.

Guariento (1310 – 1370) and his frescos, inside the Chapel of the Carraresi Palace accompanied in a rainy day with the notes of Agustín Barrios (1885 – 1944) played at the guitar by Francesco Rocco for UNESCO nomination ‘Urbs Picta’.

Francesco Rocco:

Oratorio di San Giorgio

A sea of ​​frescoed walls created with realistic details and skilful perspective rendering by Altichiero da Zevio, with the collaboration of Jacopo da Verona. The artistic direction of Venerable Ark of St. Anthony, who has chosen the guitarist’s original music for this site Giacomo Susani.

Giacomo Susani for Padova Urbs picta at Saint George Oratory, with the first movement of his own composition “Blue Madeleine”.

Giacomo Susani:

Basilica e Convento del Santo

The illusionistic rendering of the spaces and the characters, characterized in the faces and gestures by Altichiero da Zevio and Jacopo Avanzi, are enhanced by the virtuosity of Bach in the BWV 1001 sonata for solo violin.

Chrystelle Catalano at St. James Chapel, inside St. Anthony Cathedral, plays the last movement of BWV 1001 by J. S. Bach, Presto.

Chrystelle Catalano:

Battistero del Duomo

The vibrant colors that emerged from the recent restoration of Giusto de’ Menabuoi’s masterpiece are honored by the virtuosity of La Catedràl by A. Barrios.

Edoardo Legnaro at the Cathedral Baptistery, plays the last movement of “La Catedral” by Augustine Barrios.

Edoardo Legnaro:

Castello Carrarese

Even if not included in the list of candidate sites, within the project we also wanted to tell the Carrarese Castle: fdeed to be built by Ezelino III da Romano in 1237, it was abandoned and subsequently rebuilt by the lordship of the Carraresi. In the course of history it has then taken on various functions, such as that of a prison and a factory.
These many stories make it a unique place, where fourteenth-century frescoes, factory pipes, prison doors and traces of fires coexist. We entrusted the music of this video to Francesco Ganassin:

“Sound and landscape,
Contemporary and ancient,
Music and other forms of expression.
Since I’ve been playing, relationships have fascinated me,
unexpected encounters,
the dialogue.”

This is how Francesco Ganassin describes himself, clarinetist, composer and improviser.
His work is a site-specific composition written specifically to dialogue with the history and architecture of the Castello Carrarese.
“When I was asked for music for the Castello Carrarese, my first thought was to represent its duality, bringing two actors into play: the noble woodiness of the clarinet and the futuristic angularity of the granular synthesis.

Explore the sound
divide it into its constituent, elementary parts
grind it down
investigate and re-read it.
Granular synthesis.


Site specific piece composed by Francesco Ganassin for Carrarese Castle, Padova.
Clarinet and Bordelands Granular

Castello Carrarese, Padova

Francesco Ganassin:

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