The first prelude (Adagietto) is an attempt to create stillness. The second (Allegretto) and third (Morente) preludes tentatively discuss frustration and stress, culminating in a temporary intensifying of these emotions, thus providing some relief. This increased frustration is a call for silence, though it is an uneasy silence: the fourth prelude (Larghetto oscuro). The fifth prelude (Largo expressive) then is a retrospective and has elements of each of the earlier themes. It is a calm and steady rhythmical movement, ending in a motif suggestive of a chorale. The stillness hints at a different stillness, which may be the very source of our unrest..
The five pieces of poetry, joined with these piano preludes, have evocative images of atmosphere. They form a union with the preludes, with the words leading the music. The result is an attempt to capture the generic characteristics of atmosphere and emotion. Characteristics which are in turn enhanced by two individuals seeing themselves mirrored in each other.
With his 5 Preludes for Piano, Maarten van der Meiden was recently awarded with the 'International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition 2011' by the National Academy of Music..
Maarten van der Meiden (music)
Jacob Johannes (poems)
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