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Musica - Nicola Cattò


Death of a great pianist
The passing of Dario De Rosa leaves all musicians, students, admirers, and lovers of music bereft. As a pianist, a teacher, and a founder of schools and competitions, he inspired several generations of musicians, and was an undisputed star of the great repertoire he performed with his Trio di Trieste, which for decades has been synonymous worldwide with chamber music of a superior class. The story of the Trio di Trieste is the story of another time, and perhaps also of a city from another time: Trieste.

Three students of the National Conservatory found themselves playing together at the age of twelve, while they were still in sailor suits. They grew up together and chalked up approximately 3,000 concerts during their 60-year career, which led them to play on five continents. They performed more than 80 works in public, leading to a string of successes, recordings, and prizes, to name just a few: 30 performances at La Scala in Milan, 60 in Rome, and 40 in Vienna, where they were quite literally worshipped. It sounds like the plot of a film; but no: it is a genuine, humble story of passion for music, and spontaneous, extraordinary commitment to their own artistic destiny; a story of perseverance that was never ostentatious, of teaching and career choices. In short, it is the old-fashioned story of three (actually four) musicians who performed chamber music the way it should be played.
A few years ago we suddenly lost Franco Gulli, and we have also missed Raffaello de Banfield’s multifacted personality for quite some time. There is no need to resort to the rhetoric of the “good old days”, or even to cherish the clichés of Felix Austria: we must note, however, that with De Rosa, Trieste has lost another illustrious representative of an era when it was natural to have pride in your own city, and when having culture and a cosmopolitan perspective at the same time was normal, a time when music was socially relevant in a way that is unimaginable today, when children in every home were taught to read letters and notes at more or less the same time, an era when the words “theatre” and “liquidation” could not belong to the same sentence, a time in which a piano trio was truly significant for an entire city.
Today, at this very moment, there are thousands (and this is not just a figure of speech) of students in Italy and around the world who are mourning and remembering their Maestro Dario De Rosa: some knew him for just one masterclass, some for a longer period in the enchanting little town of Duino. Everyone will recall that one movement of a sonata, that stretta, that cantabile... that precise adjective, that suggestion. A host of musicians of all kinds, from the most professionally acclaimed to the more modest, crossed paths with De Rosa, appreciating him as a source of experience and generosity. Today, this host of musicians expresses its gratitude.
Just like drawing a seashell closer to your ear, many musicians and music lovers will now visit YouTube, download something from iTunes, or once again play those legendary Deutsche Grammophon records and CDs with their memorable recordings of Schubert, Brahms, or Ravel. The magic of the Trio will be reborn, remaining forever young and sounding just the same to our ears, even if the sea and the Trieste of that musical era slip inexorably out of our reach. 

Read the original article (Italian) here