Sonata for Harp : The Bamboo Forest
by Stuart Greenbaum (2020)
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Library shelf no. 787.95/GRE 3 [Available for loan]
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.
Duration: 21 min.
Written for: Melina van Leeuwen
- In the form/style of: Sonatas
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