UN-intermezzi for solo piano

Program Notes

UN-intermezzi are a set of solo piano pieces whose individual titles are taken from the novel Un-Lun Dun by the English writer, China Miéville. The story presents an alternate and parallel universe to the city of London. China’s writing is so wonderfully poetic that I’ve stolen (with his permission!) several of his phrases. These pieces are alternate universes to other works and musicians who have inspired me.

The first, each dreams the other, is my version of the floating quality of Brahms’ Intermezzo in B minor, Op. 119 no. 1. The second, somewhere very else…, is inspired by the gigue from Bach’s B-flat Major Partita with its energetic bounce and hand crossing. It is dedicated to the pianist Aron Kallay. The third intermezzo, a bowl for shadows… is an homage to the whimsical style of Erik Satie, specifically his fourth Gnossienne. The canonic and climbing idea of storyladder, the fourth intermezzo, takes its idea from Ligeti’s L’escalier du diable and Jeffrey Holmes’ 5 Microtonal Studies iii for guitar duo. Motives from the other 4 intermezzi make guest appearances against this ascending musical ladder that is the musical representation of China Miéville’s name. In the final intermezzo, a chorus of night-things, the night-things move between calm contemplation and energetic activity.

No. 5 A chorus of night-things was used by filmmaker Nana Tchitchoua https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hMRMghn19bY

Pianist Allison Lovejoy performs No. 5 a chorus of night-things on her album
NEW NOCTURNES https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/allisonlovejoy2

Images

Performances

March 23, 2012
Premiere by Aron Kallay
Newman Concert Hall, USC, Los Angeles
@ Somewhere Very Else... Concert
as part of the Polish-Lithuanian Connection Festival
June 14, 2012
Jacaranda Garden Party
Aron Kallay, pianist
August 11, 2012
Cass Winery, Paso Robles
Aron Kallay, pianist
June 14, 2013
Steven Vanhauwaert, Sao Lourenco, Algarve Portugal
January 30, 2013
Tricia Dawn Williams, Malta

Score

Available from info@veronikakrausas.com

CD/DVD for Purchase

https://aronkallay.bandcamp.com/releases