The Meeting of the Waters
“This sonata dates from the autumn of 1976. It is in two movements. The first is in fact the story of the gradual emergence of a theme, in this case that of an Irish song composed in the nineteenth century by Thomas Moore, which describes the Val d’Avoka in Ireland where “the shining waters meet”.
The second movement, subtitled Raga, is to Indian music what the Blues from Ravel’s Sonata is to black American music: a respectful homage that continually veers towards pastiche. The movement is divided into two distinct parts, one Indian in character, the other more Western in pessimism…
The entire sonata is a conflict between light and shadow. It is dedicated to the memory of Dmitri Shostakovich.
|24 × 32 × 10 cm