THE OLD PHOTO BOX

for piano solo

Duration:

58 minutes
 

Instrumentation:   

piano solo
 

Year Composed:  

2006
 

Written For:
Sarah Bob, Geoffrey Burleson, Margaret Cheng Tuttle, Alison d’Amato, Gila Goldstein, Yoni Farhi, Benjamin Hochman, Inti Honik, Jun Komatsu, Pablo Lavandera, Barbara Lieurance, Tali Morgulis, Cédric Pescia, Luba Poliak, Dunja Robotti, Zvi Semel, Maria Suokas, Michal Tal, Einav Yarden.

Commissioned By: 
In memory of Adele and John Gray

Premiere Performance:

(full cycle)
Geoffrey Burleson, Gila Goldstein, Pablo Lavandera,
Luba Poliak and Einav Yarden
New York, NYC, USA
17 May 2006

Movements: 

1. The Attic

2. Monsieur Lepic Missing his Train

3. A Drizzly Evening in Berlin

4. The Wanted Clown

5. Shadows Cross Boulevard Saint-Germain

6. Kaleidoscopic Daydreams

7. A Gloomy Man at the Tavern

8. Practice Room Hunt

9. The Cave of One Question

10. Mirage

11. The Chase

12. Pont Saint-Louis

13. The Army General and a Clown [sharing one stage]

14. Yorckstraße Train Station – 1:00AM

15. Old Note Found in a Book

16. Murder at the French Cabaret

17. The Abandoned Jazz Club

18. Smuggler's Boat – Coastguard Boat

19. The Mad Hatter Goes to a Silent Movie

20. Between Dream and Reality

Program Notes:

Imagine finding an old photo box up in the dusty attic, each photo telling of a story frozen in time. Suddenly, images start moving, coming to life, and you are sent into daydreams, flashbacks and recollections. With twenty miniatures, each restricted to only a few minutes, I have tried to portray a story, a drama, condensed with visual details that may sometimes resemble a short movie. Some of these portraits are based on real experiences of mine, while others are completely imaginary.
 

I had the honor of writing The Old Photo Box for solo piano with dedication to some of my best friends and colleagues, all of whom I deeply admire. They are the ones who gave me the inspiration and ideas for this cycle: Sarah Bob, Geoffrey Burleson, Margaret Cheng Tuttle, Alison d’Amato, Gila Goldstein, Yoni Farhi, Benjamin Hochman, Inti Honik, Jun Komatsu, Pablo Lavandera, Barbara Lieurance, Tali Morgulis, Cédric Pescia, Luba Poliak, Dunja Robotti, Zvi Semel, Maria Suokas, Michal Tal, Einav Yarden. 

 
 
 

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Lior Navok, composer | contemporary music composer | new music composer