Originally written for Ensemble Ambrosius in 1997, Questa storia del mago non mi convince was later arranged for big band in two versions, the first for UMO Jazz Orchestra (2001) and the second, two years later, for the Swinging Europe Big Band (see Cantatori sauna finlandese).
The piece is divided into three distinctive sections. As the repetitive melodic theme has been introduced in both its basic, harmonically altered and rhythmically augmented form, a sharp cut starts a harmonically static instrumental solo passage which through a bridge leads to the obsessively repetitive ending.
One of Virtaperko’s most performed pieces, Questa storia del mago non mi convince has stayed in the concert programmes of Ensemble Ambrosius for more than a decade.
the standard big band version (2001):
Soprano saxophone (in Bb)
Alto saxophone (in Eb)
Tenor saxophone (in Bb)
Barytone saxophone (in Eb)
4 trumpets (in Bb; 4th doubling flugelhorn in Bb)
4 trombones (4th bass trombone)