3 Bagatelles from OPUS 2

Piano and Cello (2013)

3 pieces with a total duration of ca. 3 Minutes
Dedicated to Juan Sebastian Delgado and Redi Llupa

Kourtney Newton & Ted Powell performing @
Voertman Hall, Denton USA — Apr 24 2017,  8pm

Dorina Laro & Merita Rexha Tërshana @
Balkan Contemporary Music Festival, Tirana ALBANIA — Nov 15 2016,  8pm

Juan Sebastian Delgado & Redi Llupa performing @
Clarke Recital Hall, Miami USA — Feb 8 2015,  8pm

In Op.2 for Chamber Orchestra, any systematic deliberate attempt to organize the material was met with internal skepticism, thus, the work progressed according to intuitive processes. One year later, a strong need exhibited itself to further borrow, distill, and concentrate the essence of #4 and its sound world, which resulted in the present work.

For me the 3 Bagatelles for Cello and Piano present a very personal space. A clear similarity to Schoenberg’s and Webern’s early atonal period cheapens these pieces (by no means undesirable), thus giving the work its title. Since my intention was not to imitate/reference/allude, I must attribute this resemblance to a frustrated and burdened unconscious state. Only later was I able to recognize that through the unintentional and dangerous ‘exorcism’ something of my own has barely survived.

In any case, no homage has been paid; as I entered a plastic museum, I never glanced at anything but my own distortions.

NOTE: In the works premiere, Llupa and Delgado decided to program the work between Webern’s Op.11 and his Cello Sonata, all to be played continuously (attacca). This resulted in a curious new work comprised of 7 pieces.