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Sonata for Harp : The Bamboo Forest

by Stuart Greenbaum (2020)

Work Overview

This Sonata for Harp is the 20th in a series of sonatas written in the new millennium. It was written for Melina van Leeuwen at the beginning of 2020 following a month in Japan in 2019 where I was in residence at the Akiyoshidai International Art Village. The subtitle, The Bamboo Forest, literally relates to the Arashiyama Bamboo Grove outside of Kyoto, which I walked through. This in turn is a metaphor for entering a state of tranquility. We seek refuge from the charged energy and pace of city life, and walking through the forest helps to reconnect with a quiet state before again resuming our city lives. The sonata is in 10 movements, though is in effect the same 2-minute movement played over, with gradual changes to reflect the journey into and back out of the forest.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Harp

Duration: 21 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Melina van Leeuwen

First performance: by Melina van Leeuwen at Hiroshima: Greenbaum Sonata Project (Japan) (Live streaming event (online only)) on 6 Aug 2020


Sonata for Harp


Performances of this work

6 Aug 2020: at Hiroshima: Greenbaum Sonata Project (Japan) (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Melina van Leeuwen.

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