Enjoy the lively conversation with Odyssey director Ayako Tsuruta and composer Fred Onovwerosuoke about his Two Piano Sonata No. 3 that is actually composed for a symphony. "Raging River Dance" is colorful and catchy, it also appears in his other works, as Piano Etude No. 24.
The journey of getting acquainted with African art music and learning FredO's energetic two-piano sonata has been a wonderful experience to say the least. While Peter Miyamoto and I toil to bring the last movement up to speed, I am reminded of the time Hungarian composer Bartók was inspired by and infused folk songs into his compositions into formal art forms such as sonatas and rhapsodies. FredO works in a similar manner, but I feel his work is more honest - there is no embellishments in these movements, but rather just intense emotions and perpetual movement with an interval know as 'Incantation" in the second movement.
FredO's Sonata No. 3 for two pianos opens with a magnificent fanfare of brass. I have not (yet) seen the symphonic score, but I am betting that's exactly how it is scored: A call for all humanity, of sheer magnificent energy.
I hope you enjoy the concert next Thursday (Jefferson City) and Friday (Columbia)!