This arrangement was done at the request of Ensemble Dal Niente to accompany a performance of Fausto Romitelli's Professor Bad Trip.  The orchestration's rambling impulsiveness mimics the sometimes directionless "momentariness" that makes Gesualdo's music still sound so fresh and daring.  The juxtaposition of Gesualdo and Romitelli raised several nagging questions: what constitutes truly strange music?  How can music have or not have contemporary relevance?  Is the sense one gets of some kind of deep Italian-ness of these two musics purely a willful fantasy or is there something more there?


Io Parto E Non Più Dissi was premiered by Ensemble Dal Niente on September 29, 2011 at the Mayne Stage in Chicago, Illinois.