Another sonata finished: 23rd Sonata three chords rebellion
Just sent it to Luc Van Loo who will record this new piece in December.
Apparently he’s glad with the new one. One really should admire him for his magnificent stamina: it’s already for the third time that he’ll attack a sonata composed by yours truly.
Number 9 and 10 are really big pieces, so I couldn’t let him down now by devising a lighter new one.
Of course, one cannot entirely foretell the impact of a piece. But please allow me to say that there are again patches of intricateness, offering the pianist ample reasons to sit for a couple of hours behind the piano…
The new sonata is dedicated to Annabelle, the first daughter of Benjamin Van Esser and Carmen Vanhees. Eight years ago I dedicated the 10th sonata to their second daughter, Dorothee, as a birth present. I recently heard that Annabelle, the first nymph of the family, asked her parents why she didn’t get such a thing when se was born.
Broke my heart of course. In two years she’ll be 12 years. Another kind of birth, entering the adult world this time. The perfect time to dedicate a piece to her 🙂
Youthful rebellion is very much the theme of this sonata. The fickleness, the undecidedness versus stubbornness, the easily come and gone moodiness, all these familiar traits for parents who ever survived the puberty of their off-spring, inspired me to write music differing greatly from the mono-thematic 22nd.
Already in the first page one can discern three of the above mentioned characteristics. The here-I-am signal, the succession of minor-major chords, rhythmically prefiguring the 5/8 of the finale, but mainly to show that thoughts sometimes advance reason when one has this age, and, finally, the low grumbling of indignation and vexation.
‘three chords rebellion’ is the subtitle of this sonata. Of course, punk comes to the mind: three or two chords music as it was often called. ‘God Save The Queen’ by the Sex Pistols found its way in the structure of the first part, although other denominations might pop up in the mind of the parents facing the breaking open of the pupal case of their former little queen :-). I added the fatherly response to this tentative rebellion by introducing the mind-boggling metric superpositions of Meshugga.
One could presume that 23rd Sonata is a negative piece. But let me assure you: life and thirst of/for life is very much affirmed in it.
We’ll hide this piece for Annabelle for two more years (her 12th birthday is in 2019), but this is nothing compared to the ‘Comeback Quartet’ which will be ‘presented’ Wednesday in the Voorwaarts Maart festival curated by in the Bijloke in Ghent. The overall theme being ‘The Future’ , Jonathan, Mirek and Koen asked me and Aart Strootman to compose a score for string quartet, which will be put into a time capsule, designed by Bert Jacobs, not to be opened before 2033. Olav Grondelaers of Klara will help us to overcome our grieve by interviewing us about this somewhat strange commission.
And to end this blog, I’m very glad to say that Barbara Baltussen accepted to take part in the ongoing sonata project: she’ll be the performer of number 24, if I ever manage to compose it according to our respective needs. More about this later.