Sonata for piano”The Prophet”Nisula Mikko
Mikko Nisula Op. 34. Year of composition 2015. Duration 11′
Commissioned by and dedicated to Kiril Kozlovsky.
First performance in Helsinki November 15, 2015 by Kiril Kozlovsky.
Piano Sonata (‘The Prophet’), is based on an augmented sonata form in one movement in which the three main sections follow each other without pauses. This work also refers distantly to the novel Thus spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900).
In the beginning of the sonata the vigorous prophet’s theme is heard, and almost immediately after that follows a group of dance-like themes. The third main subject, the ideal theme, is presented first as an only three bars long phrase, marked Tranquillo and misterioso. The first section of the sonata, Scene at a Marketplace, has a catastrophic ending for the prophet. However, in the second section, Night Wanderer’s Song, he recollects his thoughts and we hear also music based on the ideal theme. The third section of the sonata, Towards the Great Noon, begins with a fugue written on the prophet’s theme. At the end of the piece the prophet gets heard finally, which is manifested, for example, in a victorious variation of the ideal theme.
|Music Style||Contemporary / Modern|