Piano Sonata No.3 "Mondana", Op.5 composed by Ana Leira
Carnero. Each movement may be performed as a standalone
concert piece. The sheets are highly detailed, with
complete fingering and pedal marking. Movements:
I. Allegro Moro: The title refers to the Spanish-Arab
influence on this piece. But there's more... much more.
It's a blend of jazz harmonies, latin rhythms, bluesy
motives, free counterpoint, virtuosity, evocations of
Bach and Chopin, and of course the melodies with said
Spanish-Arab flavour, all within an emotionally charged
sonata-form of tremendous intensity. An explosive
cocktail which is only possible because of the freedom
of 21st century music. A powerful piece from beginning
to end. The tempo indication is 'Feroce con violenza'
(Fierce with violence).
II. Barcarolle in Blue and Whitewater: The title is a
play on words, and refers to the barcarolle as a
musical genre, in which the music imitates the boat's
movement over the quiet water of a river (the blue
water). But this ship also navigates over the rapids
(the whitewater). In fact, the "Presto con euforia"
section seems a rafting experience. Moreover, "Blue" in
the title also refers to the blues style and sad
emotions, in the same way as the word was used for
"Rhapsody in Blue". I like thinking about this piece as
a boat ride across an old-fashion "tunnel of love",
which used to mix "two major themes: a relaxing
romantic ride encouraging the couple to cuddle, or a
spooky horror ride encouraging the couple to cling to
one another" (Wikipedia). Composition was influenced by
Béla Bartók, Serguéi Prokófiev, George Gershwin, Duke
Ellington, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Michel
Petrucciani, Nikolai Kapustin... and of course Chopin,
whose Barcarole Op. 60 is the highest point of this
genre. The main sections are: Andante onirico - Poco
meno mosso, quasi improvvisato - Presto con euforia -
III. Bead Rock: Again, the title is a play on words,
and refers to a spherical jewel like a pearl, but also
refers to the main motif (which comprises the notes B,
E, A, D) and Rock as a musical genre. Composition was
influenced by George Gershwin, Jelly Roll Morton, Jerry
Lee Lewis, Nikolai Kapustin and Keith Emerson, and it
includes a funny quote from the J.S.Bach's Italian
Concerto. The jazzy style of this piece may be defined
as avant-garde, crossover, free-jazz, fusion, modern
creative, third stream or jazz-rock. The tempo
indication is 'veloce con veemenza' (vehemently fast).
So, let's rock!!!