Leopardi e l′Italia - Leopardi and Italy
by and with Corrado Augias
and with Marta dalla Via
music composed and performed live by Stefano Albarello
lighting, scenes and direction Angelo Generali
production Promo Music
For many years, Giacomo Leopardi was just the great poet that we all know. Only in relatively recent times have we begun to appreciate his non-fiction work which, according to authoritative opinions, reaches a level of genuine organic philosophy. An example of this initial underestimation is the fact that his "Discourse on the current state of the customs of Italians" written by a 26-year- old Leopardi in 1824, was published only in 1905.
The views which the poet gives about Italy and the Italians are different and vary with the passing of years. But there is no doubt that in his youth and above all in some works, he strongly feels a deep love for his country.
|His two famous patriotic essays "To Italy" and "Above the monument of Dante" are examples of this. |
Starting with these verses, but also including comments taken from the Zibaldone and verses extracted from some of the most beautiful "Canti"-chants, Corrado Augias has put together a text that gives us an astonishing portrait of Giacomo Leopardi, his relations with Italy, with life, with his loves. A strong sense of imagination which had been for many years, his only true reality.