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L’uomo del metrò (The subway man)


Between mystery and fantasy a refined and cultured novel “musical” written with subtle style and natural capacity for psychological penetration.
For the first time in paper version, after the debut in ebook version, which has already collected excellent reviews.

The QR-code, present in the book, will give access to the Musical Appointments with The Subway Man

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Attilio Piovano

L’uomo del metrò (The subway man)

Short stories of big musicians

Preface by Gianandrea Noseda


pages 240

size cm 14×21, binding

price €16,00

Scritti di Musica Series

ISBN: 978-88-31274-21-0



  • The journeys by subway in a probable Paris stimulate the fervent imagination of the protagonist, Jean, a lover of classical music.
  • Poised between dream and reality, Jean is mysteriously face to face with the greats of music, struggling with their daily lives or in adventurous episodes.
  • Composers become fictional figures but also close at hand, but keeping intact that mystery that is artistic creation.
  • A fascinating journey through time, space and… mind, “visiting” for example Shostakovic, Bach, De Falla, Piazzolla, Ives, Beethoven, Granados, Saint Saëns.


The QR-code, present in the book, will give access to the Musical Appointments with The Subway Man


Some comments on previous works of the author:

«A polite and narrative appealing way. A beautiful proof of writing. It teaches us how music can

be told to all passing through the soul of those who composed it». Enrico Ercole, Opera

«Attilio Piovano spies on the great masters in daily private life and makes them more like us». Leonardo Osella, La Stampa



Tra le fermate del metrò ci sono mille storie nelle vite dei compositori” on La Repubblica | Torino Libri, March, 22, 2021 Read the article

L’incontro con i compositori immaginato da Attilio Piovano” on NOVARAOGGI – Giornale di Arona, March, 12, 2021 | Read the article

Un flaneur a Parigi tra la musica del cuore” by Luca Castelli on Corriere della Sera, March, 11, 2021 | Read the article

Le piccole storie di musicisti grandi viaggiano con ‘L’uomo del metrò’ ” on Gazzetta Torino, March, 7, 2021 | Readthe article

Piovano, piccole storie di grandi musicisti” by Marina Lomunno on La Voce e il Tempo, February, 28, 2021 | Read the article

Il nuovo libro del prof .del Cantelli” on La Stampa Novara, February, 23, 2021 | Read the article

Grandi musicisti in piccole storie” on La Stampa | torinosette, February, 5, 2021 | Read the article

I grandi della musica in metrò” on La Repubblica | Torino Libri, January, 11, 2021 | Leggi l’articolo




Reader profile

  • discerning readers

  • fans of literature on a musical background

  • classical music fans


Profile of the author and prefacer

Attilio Piovano, musicologist and writer, teaches History and Aesthetics of music at the Conservatory of Novara. He was artistic director of the Turin Philharmonic Orchestra. He is editor of critical notes for the programmes of the opera houses of Liège, Milan, Turin, Rome, Venice, Cagliari, Genoa. Review concerts on La Stampa, Amadeus, Il corriere musicale. He has published essays and novels. He reviews concerts and operas on La Stampa, Amadeus, Il corriere musicale. He has published essays with Mursia and novels with rue-Ballu.

Gianandrea Noseda, renowned conductor, has conducted the orchestras of Rotterdam, Stresa, Saint Petersburg, Milan, London, Washington, Turin, Vienna, Chicago, Berlin.

Additional information

Weight 0.438 kg