PICUTTI, Conductor and Accompanist of the choir (Niños
Cantores de Morelia), brings an extraordinary
enthusiasm and skill to his work. To understand the choir, one must know
something of the handsome young idealist and superb musician who has
in Venice, the son of a theatre architect, Maestro Picutti grew up in
the center of cultural life in Venice and Vienna. He studied piano and
oboe as a boy, and at eleven went to Vienna to enter the Academy where
he studied piano, composition and voice. At 21 he became the conductor
of the world famous Vienna Choir Boys, and during the next ten years
toured Europe with them in over a thousand concerts including those
given at the famed Salzburg Festival.
1949 Don Miguel Bernal Jimenez, artistic director of the College of
Roses, went to Vienna deterimined to secure Maestro Picutti as the
leader of a boys' choir which would be second to none in the world.
Picutti has built the Singing Boys of Mexico into a magnificent choral
instrument upon which he plays with stunning effect. Now the proud
father of two daughters, he believes that "children can do great
things if we show them how. When the boys began to sing they were tired
after five minutes. Now that we have shown them how to use their voices
they can sing four or five hours a day and feel better at the end than
at the beginning."
questions most often asked the Maestro are: "How do they do it? How
much of the music they sing - such as the Brahms Requiem - can
they really understand?" Maestro Picutti's reply is that
"much depends on the sensitiveness and responsiveness of a boy.
is this way: art is love - translated into tone and form. Children
respond to love, especially to something beautiful. The first
inspiration comes through the composer. The teacher-director sees a
light and reflects some of this. The singers feel something, and follow.
They do not know where they are going, but they follow in love and
trust. As they respond, they send something out to the audience. They
feel something from above, and the finished work is love translated into
experience goes deeply into the boys' life, and they never forget it. It
is the basis for a whole education."
addition to appearing as guest conductor with the Mexican National
Symphony Orchestra of Mozart's Requiem, he has conducted the same
orchestra in an all-orchestral program. Last July he again appeared as
guest conductor with the National Symphony in the outstanding musical
event of their season, a performance of Verdi's Requiem with the Niños
Cantores and over fifty adult voices.