Piano Sonata #7 : 'The Sparrow and The Mead Hall' (solo piano)
by Michael Kieran Harvey (2021)
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Library shelf no. 786.2/HAR 34 [Available for loan]
Non fui, fui, non sum, non curo (I was not, I was, I am not, I care not), Epicurus BCE 341-270. This maxim forms the structure and materials of the sonata. No more sensible reasoning towards the fear of death has ever been articulated. The maxim has been likened to the allegory of the sparrow flying into a noisy, brightly-lit mead hall at night and out the other side.
Duration: 20 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Highly virtuosic
Contents note: I. Non fui -- II. Fui -- III. Non sum -- IV. Non curo.
Dedication note: Dedicated to Mary Pridmore
Commission note: Commissioned by Mary Pridmore
First performance: at Michael Kieran Harvey's 60th Birthday Bash (Nolan Gallery, MONA) on 7 Jul 2021
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc in relation to this work:
Sitsky major piano cycles (Way of the Seeker, Dimensions of Night)
- In the form/style of: Sonatas
Performances of this work
7 Jul 2021: at Michael Kieran Harvey's 60th Birthday Bash (Nolan Gallery, MONA).
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