Ferrari to music
Maranello, 30th October 2014
What does the sound of a Ferrari engine have in common with that of a piano? What does the art of creating extraordinary cars share with the equally challenging art of composing music? A lot, according to Cesare Picco. The composer and pianist, who is also renowned for his famous Blind Date concerts which take place in complete darkness, was invited by design director Flavio Manzoni to meet the Style Centre team in the Trophy Room at the Ferrari Museum in Maranello for an evening with improvisation as its main theme.
Alternating informal conversation with piano playing, Picco declared he felt honoured by the invitation to Ferrari because “there is no difference between the arts regardless of whether you are talking about music, design or painting, and this reciprocal exchange helps us to improve. When you design a car like the ones that come out of Maranello or compose a piece of music, you need to be good at what you do to be able to create under stress. It is only when there is a combination of technical and personal growth that you can push yourself beyond your limits.”
Another comparison the musician drew in the course of the evening was between Ferrari and what he described as the “piano machine”. He said: “Just like the cars I saw today, which may look superficially similar but are actually all very different, no two pianos are identical. Getting the best out of a piano or a car will depend on the ability of the driver or the musician. Pianos also have 12 notes just like your engines have 12 cylinders and that is another similarity I’m happy to emphasise.”
Picco also spoke about the importance of tradition: “Ferraris are jewels of innovation and technology but they never forget the tradition that produced them. Just like the music of the present could not exist without centuries of history and extraordinary composers, such as Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Listz.”