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Music Of The Rivers, Cascina, Tuscany, 23 August – 29 September 2019

Following in the footsteps of the neighboring city of Pisa, the Mayor of Cascina in Tuscany proposed to Anna Chromy to organize for her an exhibition of her group “Music of the Rivers” during the Summer Festival in the city.

“I see in the Great Rivers of the World the Musical Instruments of Gaia, our Mother Earth.”

The Rivers sing the eternal melody of life and they dance to the rhythms that mark the passage of the seasons. Before flowing away and disappearing into the infinity of the oceans, they cross time and space, nature and history without ever interrupting their concert.
Rivers have been important throughout history. The world’s first great civilizations arose in the fertile flood plains of the Nile, the Yellow River and others. The Rivers provided routes for trade, exploration and settlement, and their rushing waters provide power to keep our industries going.
But, above all we attribute mystical powers to the great Rivers. The ancient Greeks believed that five rivers encircled Hades, the Underworld. For Hindus the Ganges has purifying power. Although millions of people bath regularly in its waters, it does not usually spread cholera, typhoid, or other water-borne diseases.
Other Rivers are considered as Mother of their homeland, like Mother Volga or the Yellow River as Mother River of China. Famous songs have been dedicated to Rivers, such as the “Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss, “Ole Man River” to the Mississippi, “Yellow River” by the British band Christie, and many others.
We can therefore justifiably consider the great Rivers, which keep the world’s water cycle turning, as the source of all life on Earth. Their imaginary Music reminds us that we are the Guardians of Earth, not the owners. It is our duty to ensure that the Music can continue unperturbed for eternity.

Anna Chromy

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FLUTE PLAYER The Sound of “El Condor Pasa” and other Flutes of the Andes for the AMAZON RIVER
TRUMPET PLAYER The Sound of New Orleans Jazz, the melody of the MISSISSIPPI RIVER
DANCER For his Dance the RIVER NILE uses the ropes utilized in ancient times for the geometrical measurements of the fertile soil after each flood
MANDOLIN PLAYER The Sound of the religious events on the shores of the GANGES RIVER
BIPA PLAYER The Sound of the eternal melody of the YELLOW RIVER, the cradle of Chinese Civilization
VIOLIN PLAYER The Sound of the “BLUE DANUBE” and other waltzes of the Viennese Strauss dynasty

MUSICIANS – Music, who’s power has been proved and measured in innumerable scientific studies, is a language, an experience, and human necessity, belonging to all cultures.
A key to the subconscious as well as to the sacred, music has the power to revive withered souls, initiate a process of inner rebirth, and guide the listener towards higher planes of consciousness. In the words of E.T.A. Hoffmann, “Through music man discovers unknown lands.”
The harmony produced by five players of different instruments (violin, bipa, mandolin, trumpet and flute) alludes to the symphony resulting from the five souls vibrating in unison. These sculptures are a promise of Peace, Brotherhood and Concord among the peoples of the earth.

THE DANCER – Dance is pure Energy. It is an ecstatic display of freedom, an abstraction from the contingent, a merging with the cosmos. St. Augustine himself praised it, saying that it “elevates the soul “.
Anna Chromy presents a figure in the act of dancing and at the same time of extricating a tangled ball of wire from its body, symbolizing spiritual development.

CARMEN – Carmen seduces with her vitality and self-respect, but her love for life cannot be understood by those who mistake passion for possessiveness. Don José, the man who will kill her, knows only physical pleasure and emotional intoxication. He is a stranger to the true nature of feeling: an afflatus leading to a widening of conscience. To call violence love is typical of brutish souls, inhabitants of moral slums, from where the sight of the spiritual freedom of others must appear intolerable indeed.

Serena Nannelli

I MUSICISTI – La musica, il cui potere è oggi comprovato da precisi studi scientifici, è linguaggio, esperienza e necessità umana appartenente a tutte le culture.
Strumento di accesso all’inconscio così come alle dimensioni del sacro, è in grado di stimolare animi inariditi, di avviare processi di rinascita interiore e di guidare verso nuovi livelli di coscienza. “Dischiude all’uomo un regno sconosciuto”, dice E.T.A. Hoffmann.
L’armonia generata dall’accostamento dei cinque suonatori (di violino, di bipa, di mandolino, di tromba e di flauto) allude alla sinfonia nascente tra anime che vibrano all’unisono. Queste sculture sono un augurio di Pace, Fratellanza e Concordia tra i popoli.

Il DANZATORE – La danza è pura energia. È estatica libertà d’essere, un’occasione di assoluta astrazione dalla realtà circostante e di unione con il cosmo. Già Sant’Agostino la lodava dicendo che “eleva l’anima”.
Anna Chromy ritrae una figura colta nell’atto sì di danzare ma anche di togliere un viluppo, ossia un intreccio confuso di fili, dalla propria figura: un gesto che simboleggia in senso etimologico lo sviluppo spirituale.

CARMEN – Carmen seduce grazie al suo slancio vitale e alla fedeltà a se stessa, ma il suo amore per l’esistenza non può essere compreso da chi confonde la passione con il possesso. Don José, l’uomo che le darà la morte, concepisce solo l’allettamento del corpo e l’annebbiamento emotivo. Ignora la vera natura del sentimento: una corrente ascensionale in grado di portare a un ampliamento di coscienza. A chiamare amore quella che è mera violenza sono le anime brute, prigioniere di bassifondi morali da cui la vista dell’altrui libertà spirituale deve sembrare intollerabile.

Serena Nannelli

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