Georg Hamann (of the Aron Quartet) - dedicatee of Seabourne's Pietà

Pietà - arrangement for viola and strings - 2020

duration 35 minutes

1 Berceuse ~ 2 Enigmas ~ 3 Elegy ~ 4 Seven Roads ~ 5 Reminiscence

Hana-Maria Gubenko asked for this arrangement of the original viola/piano duo version. This large scale, five movement work is an in memoriam for my parents. The inspiration was partly pictorial, inasmuch as the Pietà statues of Michelangelo have remained a haunting memory from a trip to Italy many years ago - perhaps especially the almost god-like, all encompassing "knowing" on the face of Nicodemus (a self portrait of the sculptor).

The opening Berceuse does more than rock the child to sleep. This is succeeded by a somewhat schizophrenic movement called Enigmas, with alternating stabbing chords and arabesque-like, ethereal cadenzas The Elegy that follows is simple, haunting and melancholy. As a result the fiery and extended, protesting 'plaint' in Seven Roads comes as a brutal shock. A slow Reminiscence completes the work, like a flickering candle, as towards the end a small quotation from Janáček's little piano piece Good Night is heard.

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