“Trittico Toscano - Homage to Pienza” (Tuscan Triptych - 2015) is a
homage to the historic town of Pienza in Tuscany, Italy (UNESCO World
Heritage). Pienza, in the beautiful region of Val d'Orcia (south of Siena), is
widely known as the "ideal" city of the Renaissance, the creation of the great
humanist Enea Silvio Piccolomini, who became Pope Pius II. With architect
Bernardo Rossellino, a project was conceived, and in only three years (1459-
1462) a series of beautiful buildings were constructed: the cathedral, the papal
residence (Palazzo Piccolomini), the municipal buildings, and the town square.
The first movement of the Triptych, Ricercare, is inspired by the stateliness of
the Cathedral, and is written in a serious contrapuntal style with Renaissance
influence. The second movement, Canone sul nome P.I.E.N.Z.A, is a canon
at the octave, based upon the musical note equivalents of the letters in the
name (SI – SI – MI – SOL – MI – LA – SI). The third movement, Saltarello, is
a medieval Italian dance in two sections (last section in canonic style), inspired
by the Palazzo Piccolomini in Pienza. The work is dedicated to Carson Cooman
and who premiered it at Harvard University (Adolphus Bush Hall).
1. Ricercare "Pienza Cathedral"
2. Canone on the name P.I.E.N.Z.A.
3. Saltarello "Piccolomini Palace"