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Romantic Landscape is the first of two longer piano pieces that deal with the sound of bells in my home town, using them as a kind of "projection screen" for certain personal experiences. Just as one can watch drifting clouds and dream the most fanciful images into them. The piece started with a small idea that visited me on a beautiful morning in May 1985; it was executed in some detail in 1986. Neither these sketches nor a recording of the work that I did then survived 1989. But I couldn't get rid of the memories – the piece kept haunting me –, and in the next two decades additional ideas appeared. Since September 2012, those wavering shapes from the vapoury mist again did enfold me & held me & and I endeavoured on a journey through the past, wandering through my spirit-realm and youthful leaves of grass, study days in Hamburg like some ancient, half-expiring lay and eighteen years Japan…
I would like to thank Sidney Corbett, a great composer to whom this piece is dedicated and who encouraged me more than anyone else to keep at the idea; Manfred Stahnke, another great composer, who provided me with an occasion to give a first performance of the work (on February 4th, in Hamburg), thus prodding me gently into finishing the work; György Ligeti who always believed in me – and I don't even know why; Wolfgang-Andreas Schultz who always commented on my works unerringly, open-mindedly and without prejudice; Mari Takano, my favorite living composer (as I have to admit), from whom I learned more about composition than I can tell; Hans Peter Reutter who keeps saving me from succumbing to depressions; Christine Wilhelmi, actress and non-musician who always showed deep interest in my music; Roland Sendel, roommate, serving with endless discussions in the kitchen; Miki Osawa who generously allowed me to take some of her music for a video about iPad-controlled christmas trees (it serves as a kind of Cantus Firmus from 7'12")… well, I'd have to name dozens of people as well.
Pno HD. Art Work Miki Osawa
If anybody is interested in the score, please contact me & I can send it by snail mail (hand-written, A3-size). A computer score will appear some time in the future…