On the morning October 17, 1992 a young composer made an ethereal discovery in an antique library in southern New England. Upon the shelves of this maritime retreat, an ancient scroll dating back to medieval Italy fell into his hands. Within its timeless pages, he discovered this antiquity described a lady of such spectacular beauty and radiance, the people of her land believed her origin was from celestial heights. Her name was Mariella Di Carla, daughter of the King of Abruzzi. She was blessed with amazing gifts…and haunted by a curse.
Within the faded scrolls Giuseppe Corvo found a map of a kingdom located in the center of the Italian peninsula. It was bordered to the west by the Apennine Mountains and to the east by the Adriatic Sea. As he sifted through the dusty, tattered pages and translated the mystic text, the author described an evil threat lurking to the North. A deathless warlord of tremendous power who led devastating conquests in the Crusades sought the hand of Mariella. He threatened doom to her land if she would not relinquish her heart unto him.
The pages of the manuscript became friable and the final scene revealed the destruction of her kingdom by an assault unleashed by an unholy coven of sorcerers. The inscription ended abruptly and then…
Something unprecedented happened. The sky became obsidian and thunder roared above the sea mist. Lightning fluoresced and illuminated the pale blue surf. Icy rain and deafening red hail cascaded to the ground in voluminous sheets. A swirling vortex with whorled ruby beams of blinding light crashed through the shale roof of the building ripping apart books and splintered shelves and desks.
A temporal storm had arrived. A timeless war in a tale unfinished beckoned the young composer as the ancient lady of celestial light materialized before him.
Mariella Di Carla
Baron Saolo Valsugana (The Ismeju)
Niccolo Dei Corvano
Pietro Monrone (Celestine V)
King Emelio Di Carla
Queen Benedetta Di Carla
The 12 Black Sorcerers
Recorded at the Church of St. Rocco Johnston, Rhode Island
Dedicated in loving memory of Mr.John P.Calestino Jr.
This entire Mass is composed in honor of those who have known the wondrous holy union of marriage and the divine love it can nurture. Those who have known the unique joy of a traditional Italian wedding may especially enjoy these emotionally inspiring hymns.
Performed by: Mrs. Erin Erban (violin), Mr. James Norcini (pipe organ),
Mrs. Donna Galetti (alto vocals)
Matthew Calestino: Vocals, lead / rhythm guitar, trumpet, arrangements, orchestrations.
Jonathan Gonsalves: Piano, vocals, harpsichord, keyboards, rhythm guitar.
Brian Martinelli: Bass guitar, percussion, tympani.
Erin Erban: Viola
Ray Ouimette: Clarinet
Tiffany Blais: Flute
Wendy Rios: Violin
Alyssa Cira: Violin
Maria Tortellani: Vocals
Sydney Thompson: Flute
John Sheppard: Vocals, bass guitar