in a bowl of grey-blue leaves
for two pianos 

Instrumentation:

2 pianos

Duration:

14' 25"

Year of composition:

2014

Commissioned by:

Fiammetta Tarli & Ivo Varbanov

Premiere:

Fiammetta Tarli & Ivo Varbanov (pianos)

St John's Smith Square, London, 10 June 2016

Published by:

Recorded by:

Fiammetta Tarli & Ivo Varbanov (pianos), of gold and shadows, vol. 2, LORELT, LNT142

My duo for two pianos borrows its title from a line in Osip Mandelstam’s poem ‘Silentium’, and is inspired by Scriabin’s remark that his Tenth Sonata is a sonata of insects: ‘insects are born from the sun … they are the sun’s kisses …’.

 

Out of hushed expanses of trills and tremolos, as if brought about by the brush of a Chinese calligrapher, splashes of ink break the primordial homogeneity of the silk scroll to congeal transiently into interweaving melodic lines.

 

S.M.

Fiammetta Tarli & Ivo Varbanov (pianos), ending