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Michael Gordon: Sonatra


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In his original program notes for Sonatra, composer Michael Gordon writes that he conceived of the piece for solo piano as a sideways tribute to Frank Sinatra, but with the sonata form as an equal and opposite force that tugs at the music from within. “I grew up playing, or mis-playing, the piano,” he notes. “When I started writing Sonatra, I decided that since I would probably only ever write one piano piece in my entire life, I wanted to use all the keys on the piano, and use them often. I constructed long chains or links of major and minor thirds that ceaselessly wind their way up and down the piano. Eventually they start cascading and intersperse with glissandos half the length of the keyboard, sounding to me like the performer has at least four hands." Sonatra is slightly more than 15 minutes in length, but when performed in both equal temperament and just intonation, as Bang on a Can All-Stars pianist Vicky Chow has done for her singular recording of the piece, it takes on the aura and personality of a two-part epic.
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Item number CA21125
Barcode 713746312510
Release date 2/23/2018
Category Classical Music
Label CANTALOUPE MUSIC
Media type VINYL
Number of units 1
Performers
Classical Artist Chow, Vicky
Disc: 1
Sonatra00:00:00
1 Sonatra (Equal Temperament) 00:15:53 Chow, Vicky
2 Sonatra (Just Intonation) 00:15:29 Chow, Vicky
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