Thetropics have always fascinated the composer. Numerous business trips have ledhim to Brazil, Chile, Columbia and Venezuela. During a stay in the lattercountry in the beginning of the '60's he rather suddenly discovered a love forLos Roques, a small atoll about a mile away from La Guayra, the harbour ofCaracas. The casual way of life in this paradise at the end of the world andbeing alone with nature stimulated him to write “Diario marino” (diary of thesea).
This“danced adventure” written between 1971 and 1977 falls in line with his othercompositions influenced by the tropics: “Mass for the Nyondo Mission” and“Viaggio e finale” (Cantata for Tenor and Orchestra based on the explorationnote, “Adventure in Guyana”, by Raymond Maufrais).
Asthe French explorer who departed to discover the source of the Maroni River anddisappeared under mysterious circumstances, the hero of “Diario marino” alsoleaves an unfinished diary containing his impressions from day to day.
Assole survivor of a shipwreck he is stranded on an atoll. He reports about hisRobinson-Crusoe-lifeand lets us share his enthusiasm for the world surrounding him here midst thepink flamingoes, tucas, flying fish and giant turtles.
“Explorationis for me an adventure of purity and humility”.
AlbertoBruni Tedeschi used this thought of Maufrais's as the introduction of the scorefor “Viaggio e finale”. It could apply equally as well to “Diario marino”. Herethe composer, who also wrote the textbook, identifies himself fully with thestranded man in his fascinated rediscovery of nature. “Diario marino” is adream diary of a sailor shortly before his death. He is the type of sailor, asliving in us all, to whom the sea is a place symbolic of eternal return.
Themusical handwriting is decidedly atonal. It rejects any serial or thematicsystem.
“Diariomarino” is written for a large orchestra with strongly developed percussioninstrumentation (4 kettle drums, piano, harp, electronic organ, vibraphone,celesta, glockenspiel, 2 drums, 3 bongos, 3 tam-tams, cymbals, wood blocks, templeblocks, maracas and triangle).