Milton Class: Me, Bach and six silences

The Italian musician Mario Brunello has started already to play the six Suites for violoncello by Bach for his Milton Class at Scuola Holden. The first one will be on sale from the 18th of November on

In Scuola Holden they say that Brunello is a man of few words. Maybe because at his fifty years he has thoroughly reflected around what silence means: «(A silence) is not necessarily a noiseless place. Let’s say a silence, for me, is a place that has a presence to our eyes and to our ears. It stands there, with its personality. Above all, what interests me is a specific kind of silence, the silence in which music is born».

This is the poetics that warms up Brunello’s Suites as a prelude (they are Bach’s but they will also be Brunello’s). Each Suite will be played by the Italian musician in a different place throughout the year. The first one will be performed at Arte Sella, a valley in the Dolomites which has become, over the years, a sort of museum of artworks all made with the materials offered by forests (apparently, the one called «The Cathedral» is unmissable).

After seeing the video of the Suite, you could upload your video on YouTube —a maximum of 15 seconds— where shown what for you is a place of silence similar Brunello’s Artesella. He will see them and choose 15 of the silences that are closest to his idea.

For this first experience, the musician is fascinated by one idea: «It is curious how we will not even have to leave home for us to be in the same silence».

The cost of this first Suite is 5 euros.

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Previous Milton Class: Una notte con Lolita

During six hours on the evening of the 8th of November, the Italian writer Stefano Benni devoted the night to caressing Lolita.

On La Stampa journal you can see a video in which Benni tell us about his night with Lolita and you could also have a taster listening of Benni’s voice reading Nobokov’s novel out loud on Repubblica TV.

For more information about this class, read our article.

Coming soon Milton Class experiences

  • Leggere il Novecento: Meneghello / Reading Novecento with Gabriele Vacis (December,13, 2013). On sale from November, 13, 2013. A trip from Proust to Musil, passing by Vicenza.
  • Con i miei occhi / With my own eyes with Alessandro Baricco. On sale from November, 25, 2013. Arraging the world with a photo a day, for three months.