The old cimbalom weeps...

date: 2020

duration: 7 minutes

premiere: by Sean Morgan-Rooney (piano) and Kalle de Bie (cello) at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, 27th November 2020

programme note:

There was a time when I used to listen to a lot of cimbalom playing - both through my interest in Czech folk music and the attraction of the unique sound of the instrument. Thus came this composition. It is not only about the imitation of the playing style that the piano does; it is interesting how a foreign instrument can inspire a sound world of rapid arpeggios, lamenting phrases and the ringing ambience and somehow bring out a musical expression, a style, all on its own.