Florilegium is a studio focusing the sculptural effect of Gesualdo's V and VI Madrigal’s Books, his play of full and void, as if his music was the acoustic mirror of Borromini's architecture.
The selected Gesualdo fragments for the vocal ensemble, composed by Lucia Ronchetti, are adapted to a poetical sequence based on the Elegie Die Metamorphose der Pflanzen written by Goethe in 1798. The whirling and dense reportage of the evolution of vegetal life, from the darkness of the earth to the orderly explosion caused by the light and warmth, as conjured by Goethe, is interrupted by some poetical portrait of flowers: the Rose by Silesius, the Blaue Hortensie by Rainer Maria Rilke or the Traubenhyazinthe by Barthold Hinrich Brockes among others. The choir and orchestra parta are composed by Raffaele Grimaldi, as reconstruction of the Gesualdo’s poetical voice, his “tenebroso giorno”. Orchestral explosions and liminal pianissimo given to the choir, generate a complex formal architecture. The existentialistic but powerful voice of Gesualdo is in contrast with the evanescent but positive voice of the nature, following the Goethe’s vision, and the questions by Gesualdo concerning light and darkness, life and death are sill open and amplified in the big musical fresco.