The Mass Qoelet is a work in which the text of the Mass is accompanied by the recitation of verses from the Book of Qoelet (Ecclesiastes) contained in the Old Testament, emphasizing the purely philosophical issues contained in it. The ten movements that make up the composition express feelings and describe peculiar situations, using the music, composed by Roberto Passarella, to create a charming atmosphere and suitable to follow the narration It is a musical work that incorporates a neoclassical style, harking back to various periods, such as the ‘500 and ‘700, fusing them with "contemporary" harmonies and rhythms, taking example from the great Polish composer K.Penderecki.
The meaning of the work stems from the deepest question about today's events, questions which contemporary society does not always seems to be able to respond; the lack of landmarks, the single thought and the highly pronunced tendency to individualism along with today’s several mined opportunities of self fulfilment are issues that we feel close in the era of globalization, where everything and anything mingle making us protagonists of contradictions.
Musically, waht should be noted is the original and peculiar use of the bandoneon, an instrument born in Germany in the mid-nineteenth sec., adopted in South America for folk music, that we find here in its original role (brought to light by the great bandoneonist Alejandro Barletta), which is to replace the small organs in masses and liturgical sacred works.
On 6 June 2014 I performed the world premiere of my composition "Mass Qoelet," for bandoneòn, strings, percussions, voices and narrator, in the Vatican Palace of the Chancellery in homage to Pope Francesco and the Uruguayan national Hero J.G. Artigas.The concert was organized by the Embassy of Uruguay at the Holy Seat.
"In the Messa Qoelet Roberto Passarella’s bandoneòn is like a breath that become a source of sound [...] The breath is the voice of bandoneòn. The rhythmic and harmonic thread expertly orchestrated by the young Passarella expresses in a sublime way the rhythm of human life, vehicle of a measure that comes from: the rhythm of breathing, binary motion, parataxis, are the soul of this composition, in which
ancient and modern coexist, polyphony and atonality are joined virtuously.
Roberto Passarella wrote this Missa to offer a meditation in the form of sound. He has produced an epitome of wisdom, which offers listener the pleasant surprise of a happy fusion between the Latin brightness of the sound and the majesty of the Latin singing, and between the Rio de la Plata music and liturgical singing."
Prof. Marcello La Matina – University of Macerata
The Passarella Duo Bandoneòn was born in 2009 with the desire to show the technical and expressive possibilities of bandoneòn, with a repertorie that go beyond the Tango.
With great succes, the Duo plays in lots of important places like the Festival Tango y Màs, the Music Museum of Prague, the Italo Latino Americano istitute “Cervantes” of Rome, the Palace of Prefecture of Macerata, the Auditorium of Sulmona, etc...
The main feature of the Duo is the continuous research through the original compositions of Ulises and Roberto. In this way the bandoneòn takes a new artistic and complete dimension.
At this purpose, in 2012, in the “Aula Magna” of the University of Macerata, was presented the book “Il bandoneòn: conoscerlo e suonarlo” written by Héctor Ulises Passarella with the collaboration of Roberto.
In 2014 the Duo Played a tour of 5 concerts in the Shanghai Concert Hall, in the Century Square of Nanjing Road of Shanghai, in the Grand Wuxi Theatre for the 16th edition of the Festival World Music Shanghai.
In 2015 the Duo performed a Symphonic Tango Program with "Mitteleuropa Orchestra" conducted by M° Giovanni Pacor. In the same year the Duo played in Matera and in Pordenone for the International Fa Diesis Accordion Festival.
Symphonic Tango is an original program in which the most beautiful and famous Tangos (like La Cumparsita, Danzarìn, La Yumba and others...) are arranged in various modern styles by Roberto Passarella and his father for Symphonic Orchestra and bandoneòn.
Passarella Bandoneòn Duo played the first of this program with "Mitteleuropa Orchestra" conducted by M° Giovanni Pacor.
La Cumparsita - arrangement by Héctor Ulises Passarella
Libertango - arrangement by Roberto Passarella
La Yumba - arrangement and orchestration by Roberto Passarella
Morena - arrangement and orchestration by Roberto Passarella
Tango para Haydée - music by Héctor Ulises Passarella