Saudades (solo piano)
by Cathy Applegate (2016)
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The title of the work, Saudades, takes its name from a Portuguese word that has no real equivalent in English. Roughly translated, it refers to a deep, bittersweet emotion, a nostalgic longing for something unattainable. This may relate to the past or to the future, and the subject of the longing can be many different things, such as people, places or even a bygone era.
The Portuguese writer Manuel de Melo defined it as: "a pleasure you suffer, an ailment you enjoy."
I explore different aspects of Saudade in each of the three movements of this work.
Duration: 15 min.
Commission note: Commissioned by James Teh.
The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc. associated with this work:
Eclectic in style as requested in the commission. References impressionism, minimalism and Baroque styles.
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