Lago Pontecosi, Pieve Fosciana Lucca

"Piazzolla and Puccini"

Diffusion Brass Quintet "Diffusion Brass Quintet"


The Program

The Serchio delle Muse has organized a concert on the Pontecosi lake with the Diffusion Brass Quintet that will perform music by Puccini and Piazzola, two masters with origins in the province of Lucca, in some way, two Lucchesi in the world. The Puccini family originates in the Serchio Valley, Giacomo himself lived in Lucca and was inspired by the lake of Torre del Lago and somehow the concert in Pontecosi wants to recall the famous Puccini festival and pay homage to the great composer. The second tribute instead is for Astor Piazzolla in the centenary of his birth, also with roots in Lucca, his maternal grandparents were in fact from Massa Sasso Rosso, in the municipality of Villa Collemandina. Here the Puccini melody and the Argentine rhythm come together for one night giving voice to two great minds from our land. Piazzola invented the ‘new ’tango, by incorporating aspects of classical music, jazz and other western genres. His music is a very good match for the Diffusion Brass quintet.

Diffusion Brass Quintet

The Diffusion Brass Quintet was formed in the summer of 2017 shaped by the idea of sharing the passion for music and the desire to spread the culture, character and peculiarities of the brass world, very often completely unknown to the collective imagination. The formation offers a vast repertoire articulated in the most disparate musical genres, it goes from classical to jazz, from pop to film music, and it gives space to operatic music, arriving at the broadest reach of music for audiences.

The Quintet performs in various situations. It is in fact the protagonist of performance concerts, and it accompanies important soloists, duets with choirs and other ensembles. It connects music for entertainment, captivates in picturesque and naturalistic sceneries, and it appears in the countless events for solidarity and charity in which it participates.

Made up of enterprising young people, the group boasts an average age of 23 years and includes among its ranks musicians with experience in important orchestras and theaters. The members are Federico Trufelli and Alessandro Vanni on trumpet, Matteo Marcalli on horn, Domenico Vanni on trombone and Giovanni Lombardo on tuba.


29 Jul 2021


Pieve Fosciana


Pieve Fosciana
Pontecosi lake

The current name of Pontecosi probably derives from the existence of a three-arch bridge that crossed the Serchio and was flooded. The name of the village probably derives from that of its ancient Pontecausi bridge, located next to the church known as the oratory of the Madonna del Ponte. With the passage of time the name changed and there are, in the various eras, different names such as Pontescossi, Pontecolfi, Pontegnosi, Ponticosi up to today's Pontecosi. The Lake of Pontecosi is a hydroelectric basin built on the Serchio river, near Castelnuovo di Garfagnana, an ideal place for resting and wintering numerous aquatic birds, including coots and wild ducks of various species that frequent the shallow waters around the reeds. On its banks, the small village that gives its name to the lake was originally a castle for controlling access to the river, already in decline at the end of the 13th century. In the history of the village, the bridge, built during the Roman period played an important economic function as it is located on the Via Romana Clodia Nova, an important communication route for trade with the rest of the Valley. Pontecosi is mentioned for the first time in a document dated 29 April 954, in which the bishop of Lucca Cunerado granted assets to Viscount Fraolmo III of the Corvaresi, an ancient and powerful Lombard family. In medieval times Pontecosi was a castle on which the Gherardini had rights, whose power lay in the possession of the castle of Verrucole. From the small stronghold of Pontecosi, looming over the course of the Serchio, they controlled the passage of men, goods and animals, demanding toll taxes. Pontecosi declined at the end of the 13th century when the Garfagnana was conquered by the city of Lucca. In the 15th century it became part of the Este Vicariate of Castelnuovo Garfagnana. During the first half of the twentieth century, the great changes in the town were due to the arrival of the Lucca-Aulla railway, the construction of the bridge, the strong earthquake of 1920 and the construction of the dam for the hydroelectric plant. Pontecosi is characterized by Garfagnino-style houses and narrow cobbled streets. In the village there are three churches: the parish church dedicated to San Magno, the church of the Madonna Addolorata and the church of the Madonna del Ponte, a sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna delle Grazie. The parish church of San Magno, originally belonging to the parish of Pieve Fosciana, was dedicated to Santa Felicita, but around the 11th century it was dedicated to San Magno. Built on a rocky spur, it was equipped with an elevator built to facilitate access to the church. The population of the town and in particular the volunteers of the Anspi circle of Pontecosi have reclaimed the whole area surrounding the church and the bell tower and the cellars that have gone to host the socio-cultural center San Magno and the association "Il ritrovo di Roberta ". The church of the Madonna delle Grazie or Madonna del Ponte is located outside the town center. The name derives from the stone bridge with a single arch that vaguely recalls that of the Maddalena near Borgo a Mozzano and which is located adjacent to the sanctuary. In 2016 the restoration of the eighteenth-century wooden statue of the “dressed” Madonna was completed. This important restoration involved both the statue of the Virgin and Child and their clothes and for better conservation the work was placed inside a case kept in the small museum set up inside the sacristy which also houses several paintings that testify the graces that Our Lady gave to her devotees. The church of the Madonna Addolorata, also called Chiesina, is actually a small oratory called Madonna of the seven Sorrows located in the center of the town. On the facade of the church there are two marble tombstones: the first on the right of the central door is in memory of the fallen of the First World War and bears the date 29 June 1919, the second on the left is in memory of the fallen of the Second World War. Inside, preserved in a niche protected by a glass above the altar, there is the statue of Our Lady of Sorrows, dressed and perfectly preserved.