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Sonata 9 for piano : the call (solo piano)

by Don Kay (2018)

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Performance by Michael Kieran Harvey from the CD Dancing to the Tremors of Time

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Work Overview

I decided to sub-title my 9th piano sonata the call while working on the slow 2nd movement, which, without a break, follows the 1st (marked 'resolute'). The opening 3 note motif of the 2nd movement (marked 'tenderly') with a rising octave falling a 2nd and eventually becoming a 2 note rising 9th left 'hanging', has the effect of an 'appeal'. The search for a resolution is barely found before the finale (marked 'intense but capricious') vigorously intervenes only to be stopped in its tracks by a soft 2 note descending minor 3rd 'bird call', imbued with an innocent detachment, making a mockery of all the activity around it. It occurs again and becomes a little more insistent, interjecting accross the busy flurries of notes. The 'appeal' motif belatedly reappears. The 'bird call', however, following a hectic downward rush of notes, has the final word, as if to invite the listener to keep things in clear perspective.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 17 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: "to Russell and Ingrid"

First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey at Dancing to the Tremors of Time (Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)) on 17 Nov 2018


Performances of this work

17 Nov 2018: at Dancing to the Tremors of Time (Museum of Old and New Art (MONA)). Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

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