Tanya Ekanayaka plays the UK premiere of 'Dhaivaya: Alter(ing) Hue' piano recital at St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
Drawing inspiration from the tonal centres of Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp, Op. 27, No. 2, Rachmaninov’s Prelude in C sharp, Op. 3, No. 2, Tchaikovsky’s August and June from Les Saisons, Op. 37a, Op. 37b, and Khachaturian’s Toccata, Dhaivaya: Alter(ing) Hue includes modulations on a motif based on C sharp, B, G, and E flat, coupled with an adaptation of and variations on a well-known Sri Lankan hymn tune. The hymn has two titles: Jehovah Thou Hast Promised and Danno Budunge. The first is sung to a Christian text, the second to a Buddhist text. The word ‘dhaivaya’ meaning ‘destiny’ belongs to the Sinhala language. This work evolved in 2011 and was first performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, in Washington DC, in 2012.
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