Yesterday I finished my latest sonata. Commissioned by Liang-yu (see former post). I’ve numbered it ’19th Sonata’, although objectively it’s already the 20th: I composed in the beginning of this year Spnata 1B the Greek pianist Katerina Konstantourou, who will premiere it later in 2016) (And not to count a first attempt of a sonata from 1980, of which I’ve only kept the Adagio). It took me a couple of months to finish this new one. Because I indeed wanted it to be something new- at least for me. I vowed to stop my sonata addiction after number 18, though all the changes in my music occurred when composing for this black beast. The drones in my penultimate piece ‘Double takes’, which came along to be honest as a kind of afterthought, planted a seed in my brain which clamored to be watered. As you might feel when listening to the little sound clip of 19, I eschewed a bit my usual brand of ‘simple complexities’. I’m still searching for the right title of this sonata. Liang-yu told me she loved the book ‘Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín. I read it too earlier this year.A tale of a fiercely intelligent woman trapped by her circumstances. It would have been easy to title the new sonata ‘Nora Webster’. But 1B is already named after a fictional character, Bruna Husky, invented by my friend the great Spanish writer Rosa Montero who wrote the libretto of the opera ‘Cambio madre por moto’ which we both desperately try to get mounted here in Belgium, after the unfair and totally unexpected desistance of ‘El Teatro de Madrid’ (an opera about ‘divorce’ is apprently still impossible in Catholic Spain).
Everything should be new in 19th Sonata. The subtitling too. I hope to be able to tell what it became in one of my upcoming blogposts.
Still a couple of days to go in 2015. Enjoy them. A new project is already lurking in my mind… Maybe i should be glad it never stops 🙂