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Michael Gordon

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Sonatra (2004)
Publisher
Red Poppy
Category
Solo Keyboard(s)
Year Composed
2004
Duration
18 Minutes
Orchestration
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Michael Gordon Sonatra (2004)

Composer note:
I grew up playing, or miss-playing, the piano. My fear of writing for instruments I can't play is minute in comparison to the fear I have of writing for the piano. But I did finally write this piano piece and I called it Sonatra, less as a tribute to Frank than as an acknowledgment that what I am aiming for is somewhere between sonata and Sinatra.

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 of 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.

––Michael Gordon

Sonatra was comissioned by the Elaine Kaufman Cultural Center and is dedicated to Lisa Moore.

Performances
Date
Title
  • 13 MAY 2018
    Bang on a Can Marathon
    NYU Skirball Center, New York, NY
    Vicky Chow, piano
  • 27 OCT 2016
    Roulette, Brooklyn, New York, United States
    Vicky Chow - piano
  • 23 JUL 2016
    Bang on a Can Summer Festival
    Mass MoCA, North Adams, MA
    Vicky Chow, piano

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