Oblivion is an instrumental work by Ástor Piazzolla. Composed in 1982, it was originally arranged for bandonéon, piano and bass, but its growing success over the years inspired many reprises for piano solo, clarinet, orchestra, and even a spoken version, all of which you can find in our catalog! The piece was commissioned and featured in the 1984 film Enrico IV (“Henry IV”) by Marco Bellocchio. Adapted from the eponymous theatrical piece by Luigi Pirandello, the plot tells the story of a man who, after losing conscience, thinks he is the famous king. The piece became popular from the film and lives to this day through concert performances. Piazzola elicits an atmospheric and haunting ambience in his composition, evoking the image of oblivion.
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The beginnings of Piazzolla’s piece Oblivion are found in the Italian Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello’s dramatic explorations into the convoluted functionings of memory. Sinking its roots in the psychological studies that had overtaken the European intelligentsia at the beginning of last century, the plot of Pirandello’s theater piece Enrico IV is complex and refined: a man, after falling off his horse, thinks he is the King Henry IV, and his friends are helpless to change anything. In his delusion, he kills a rival in love, and only at that point does he open his eyes. To avoid the consequences of his own actions, he pretends to be mad from then on! When Marco Bellochio adapted the play for film, he brought on Ástor Piazzolla to write music suited to the story’s sorrowful desire to escape and disappear. Piazzolla certainly composed Oblivion with as many layers of nuance and complexity as the human mind. With a melancholic melody drawing out long, sustained notes over the arpeggiated accompaniment, the piece seems to evoke a memory struggling to get out of oblivion. Come and listen to Piazzolla’s Oblivion: on medici.tv, where you can find some of the best works by this tango idol and true legend!