Sirventese for Violin and Piano
Sirventese is a short charming recital work, composed in 1908) in which Pick-Mangiagalli show his interest in neo-modalities, then quite popular among French composers. It is a light and bright Allegretto in D Major
Riccardo Pick-Mangiagalli (1882-1949) was born in the town of Strakonice, today in the Czech Republic but at the time of his birth part of the Austrian Empire. His father was Czech, his mother Italian. He studied piano and composition at the Conservatorio Giuseppe Verdi in Milan and then continued his studies in Prague and later in Vienna with Richard Strauss. He initally pursued a career as a concert pianist, but later devoted himself entirely to composition and teaching, eventually becoming director of the Milan Conservatory. Not surprisingly, given his background and education, his music is cosmopolitan combining various influences including late Viennese Romanticism with elements of French Impressionism.
Here is a a charming morsel which makes an excellent short program work or encore.