In Memoriam

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for solo piano (2015)

 

Description

Audio


Pianist: Samuel Tarasenko

Duration

5 min.

Instrumentation

solo piano

Program Notes

Marrying into a family with members currently in the army — as well as a few veterans — I felt inspired to write a piece dedicated to everyone affected by war. I strongly admire their courage and loyalty to our country, as well as their militaristic discipline. However, the emotional impacts of war often supersede all other thoughts. War not only kills, but has dreadful repercussions on living veterans’ mental stability.

Its destructive nature causes me great anger and sadness; In Memoriam strives to convey those emotions to the audience. The piece begins with a call-and-response between somber lines and a somewhat pensive, questioning motive. With a gradual descent, the piece gravitates to stormy material, reflecting my personal rage against aspects of war. Amidst all this, however, maintains a level of militaristic organization through twelve-tone rows. Thinning out, the piece slowly returns to the contemplative matter presented in the beginning.

 

Description

Audio


Pianist: Samuel Tarasenko

Duration

5 min.

Instrumentation

solo piano

Program Notes

Marrying into a family with members currently in the army — as well as a few veterans — I felt inspired to write a piece dedicated to everyone affected by war. I strongly admire their courage and loyalty to our country, as well as their militaristic discipline. However, the emotional impacts of war often supersede all other thoughts. War not only kills, but has dreadful repercussions on living veterans’ mental stability.

Its destructive nature causes me great anger and sadness; In Memoriam strives to convey those emotions to the audience. The piece begins with a call-and-response between somber lines and a somewhat pensive, questioning motive. With a gradual descent, the piece gravitates to stormy material, reflecting my personal rage against aspects of war. Amidst all this, however, maintains a level of militaristic organization through twelve-tone rows. Thinning out, the piece slowly returns to the contemplative matter presented in the beginning.

 

Tony Manfredonia

Tony is a composer and orchestrator living in Petoskey, MI, providing a multi-layered and sensory experience through expressive, colorful orchestration and warm melodies. He adds new perspectives to stories, environments, and everything in between through massive orchestral productions, as well as intimate atmospheres.

With performances and readings from chamber ensembles and orchestras, such as Apollo Chamber Players and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Tony's music has been played across the nation and has recently become published with MusicSpoke. Most recently, the Straits Area Band commissioned him to compose a work for the Mackinac Arts Council, celebrating Henry David Thoreau's bicentennial. Additionally, growing up alongside video games, he lives the life of a video game composer, creating sonic spaces and emotionally-driven tracks to enliven each game's world.

Born and raised near Philadelphia, PA, Tony graduated from Temple University with a degree in Music Composition. During his time in college, he had the blessing of meeting Maria - a young equestrian from Northern Michigan - via his blog dedicated to mental health awareness. Ever since mental health awareness was the spark for their marriage, he continually advocates those who suffer from mental illness. Through music, he expresses the inexpressible for those who don’t have a voice.

Notable works currently in progress are a new opera for OperaRox Productions, as well as the soundtrack to The Wayward Isles.



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