Just want to let you know that i’ve just finished my 22nd Sonata for piano. It’s composed for Keiko Shichijo who already played the premiere of the 13th Sonata (only two pianists took on the job to learn this difficult piece, Keiko and Liang-yu Wang. Both have Asian origins, both are living far away from the country of their birth: Keiko in Amsterdam, Liang-yu in Illinois…. Could it be that my kind of music gives off whiffs of their respective homelands? 🙂
The new sonata has a subtitle: …a momentary gain of sharing…
There’s certainly a whiff of minimalism in this piece. The whole 20 minutes are in one tempo: 80 for the beat. But each part, to be played uninterruptedly, has more notes per beat. Starting with four in the bass (resembling a very old fashioned rock groove, although almost dessicated), I augment the tension with one more note in each of the four parts+coda. The result at the end is a typical nuytsian allegro storm 🙂
Again an allegro one could say: maybe I’m just fearing the day I won’t be able to type so fast anymore: so, better doing it now :-).
The piece got started when I read a very nice essay about ‘entertainment’ by Michael Chabon, from ‘Maps & legends: Reading and writing from the borderlands’ (2008). The essay is called: ‘Trickster in a suit of light’.
These are some of the sentences which made a dent in my consciousness:
‘Yet entertainment remains the only sure means we have of bridging, or at least of feeling as if we have bridged, the gulf of consciousness that separates each of us from everybody else. The best response to those who would cheapen and exploit it is not to disparage or repudiate but to reclaim entertainment as a job fit for artists and for audiences, a two-way exchange of attention experience, and the universal hunger for connection.’
Keiko asked for a piece which would express more or less this feeling:
‘- I think a lot about balancing of active and passive attitude in action or thoughts.
I feel the most comfortable when my action is kind of passively supporting the action/ movement /energy that are already there, both in life and in music, as reflection.’
Sonata 22 tries to reflect both statements…
Keiko will play the 13th Sonata in Tilburg (Holland) on February 5 or 6. Maybe a last chance to hear this one, before the premiere of number 22? 🙂
After Tilburg we’ve been busy promoting both bands. We’ve been concocting several youtube videos. In a new blog I will tell you all about it. And where to find them.