presentation of the book by Claudio Paradiso

After the success of the inauguration of the retrospective “Circe – The fascinating mountain” which was held at the COMEL Contemporary Art Space in Latina on 11 March, the exhibition is enriched with a new appointment again dedicated to the Pontine area.

Thursday 23 March at 5.30 pm the book “Fernando Gambacurta – Un Carabiniere all’Augusteo” by Claudio Paradiso will be presented, recently printed by the Novecento publishing house.

Fernando Gambacurta, Carabiniere of Terracina and clarinetist who has played around the world in the greatest Italian orchestras, becoming one of the greatest soloists of the twentieth century.

This volume that recounts his life and career is also an interesting cross-section of Italian music and musical life between the two great wars of the twentieth century. The book, which has been included in the “works of cultural interest” for 2022 by the MiC – Ministry of Culture, is the result of in-depth biographical and photographic research in public archives (Historical Archive of the Carabinieri, Santa Cecilia, Central State Archives of Rome, Alberto De Angelis archives, archives of the DMI – Dictionary of Music in Italy) and private individuals (families, musicians).

Fernando Gambacurta was principal clarinet of the Reale Banda dei Carabinieri, principal clarinet of the orchestra of the URI then EIAR (today’s RAI), principal clarinet of the orchestra of the Accademia di Santa Cecilia in the golden age of the Augusteo.

He was one of the “Boys of ’99”, sent to the front in the First World War, from which he was saved thanks to music.

The exhibition Circe – The fascinating Mountain, curated by the critic and writer Giorgio Agnisola, sees on display a series of works that immortalize the Circeo promontory, its beaches, its wild vegetation, its mystery narrated in literature and poetry, which the artist Venanzio Manciocchi has created over more than 30 years.

The exhibition will be open to the public every day from 17 to 20 until 26 March.

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