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in a bowl of grey-blue leaves
for two pianos 


2 pianos


14' 25"

Year of composition:


Commissioned by:

Fiammetta Tarli & Ivo Varbanov


Fiammetta Tarli & Ivo Varbanov (pianos)

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

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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.



Fiammetta Tarli & Ivo Varbanov (pianos), ending

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