Before you tackle the recordings below, the printed cover of my completed piano sonata may be viewed right here: sonatacover. The four movements are listed below in order from I to IV, with III (the ‘theme and variations’ movement) cast in two concurrent files (IIIA & IIIB) for purely technical – not musical – reasons.
It’s taken awhile to complete this piano sonata, considering that the early germs of it I had sketched back in 1963 when I was still working in Calcutta, India, as a senior corporate executive in the coal and gases industries – both private and public sectors!
Years later, I came across the original draft manuscript at the bottom of a sea-trunk, which I’d brought over along with many other household effects when my family and I moved lock, stock and barrel to Rochester, NY, in 1975. There I had occasion, as Assistant Manager of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, to hear many classical and modern works performed admirably under the inspiring music directorship of David Zinman as well as the varied interpretations of visiting guest conductors from Europe.
Imperceptibly, my aural perspectives changed from the 18th and 19th century body of Western Music compositions to that of the late 20th century. As a result, I have – in the work embedded above for your pleasure – found myself transmogrified not to ape, but to pursue, a trend toward a meld of old and new, without intending to impersonate one or the other. I hope you will not be too disconcerted to find something of my restive self – between East and West – reflected in the four movements, which are:
Maestoso – Allegro
Theme and Variations
[presented above in two separate concurrent audio files]
Finale: Allegro giocoso
Copyright © Azim Lewis Mayadas 2014