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God in the Music of Damiana Natali
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“When I conduct, the notes arrive from Above; they pass through my hands and I return them as if I were an instrument that coordinates something already present in immensity.” These are the words Italian pianist, conductor and composer, Damiana Natali uses to describe herself in Credere magazine.

On March 18, 2021, for the “Memorial for a Rebirth. Meditations in music” – held in the cathedral of Bergamo for the celebration of the First National Day in memory of the victims of Covid-19 – she conducted the Ars Armonica Orchestra, founded by herself, and the choir, Città Piazzola sul Brenta. In addition to music from Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah. She also conducted the Dona Pacem, for soloists, choir and orchestra, which she composed in 2016 as a response to the pain and death caused by the senselessness of terrorist attacks.

This union of choral and symphonic music suggests that only together is it possible to build a different and better world, through peace processes that, like music, are the result of different voices harmonizing with each other. Now it becomes a music that remembers the victims of the pandemic, as well as a wish for human collaboration in building a more responsible and caring world.
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