Toccata & Adagio. CIRCLE OF LIFE for solo piano (2009)
Duration: 9 minutes
Movements: Toccata Primavera Adagio 'The Art of Quietness' (a ZEN-Exercise)
Instrumentation: Solo Piano
Solo instruments: Piano
Publisher of notes/sheet music: Schott Music, 2009
Introduction: Both pieces are each roughly 5 minutes long. TOCATTA is of course playable by one person but has extreme opposition which can be used in piano programs to create a intersting piece. It conveys stunning spring feeling with and a touch of yearniong poetry. It is the music of youth.
Adagio? The Art of Quietness? is a Zen exercise for the piano. Eternity, timelessness and the depletion of will are evoked and there is a violence, like the threat of silence, in the ritualistic symmetry ( the tempo of a quarter = 60 has to be maintained throughout). It is the music of Ending and of Age: the excerpts (from Wagner, Tristanakkord, Beethoven, Les Adieux and R. Strauss and Till Eulenspiegel) are nostalgic memories of the past.
Dedication: TOCCATA: dearly dedicated to Dr. Peter Hanser-Strecker, my publisher
Additional remarks: Toccata was created as a commission for the Wiesbaden Music Academy´s piano competition, directed by Christoph Nielbock.
World premiere: 10.11.2009, Chiesa della Gancia Palermo/Italy
Performers at world premiere: Jürgen Geiger The world premiere of Toccata Primavera was on the 4th of October 2009 in the City Hall in Wiesbaden as part of the prize giving concert at the 4th Wiesbaden International Piano Competition with Konstantin Semelakov (1 Prize) and Patricia Hase ( 2 Prize). There was a €2500 prize for the best interpretation of Toccata.