How could we imagine what Alice found beyond the mirror?
Rules are different there and music has to be different too, on the edge between tonal and contemporary style. This is not an "easy" piece of music, it does require some "ear training".
Be patient, take your time, be open and curious as Alice is...
A few year ago I had the chance to read a short novel from Alessandro Baricco - Silk - which I found fascinating and enchanting.
Since then this little but beautiful book was transformed into a movie and Ryuichy Sakamoto had the chance to write the soundtrack for it.
Still - despite I usually like Sakamoto - this time his music did not have the magic I expected for that novel.
I like to write music for stories, I like to reinvent stories through my music, therefore I thought I would have written a short piece letting my feelings and my personal taste speak on my behalf.
The result of such effort is the music you may listen below.
As always, I hope you appreciate it; as always, if you'd like to play it on the piano by yourself, you may ask me for the original score.
When I was a boy and read Memoirs of Hadrian for the first time, I knew one day I would have written some music on it.
It took some time, actually, because you need to have an age not that far from the Emperor's point of view to feel and transmit what he feels and tells throughout the novel (and indeed this is also what Marguerite Yourcenar says in the appendix of the book, that "Carnet de Notes" which I find as much interesting as the novel is).
This is a short piece for piano and aims to describe what the Emperor feels at the age of sixty, while crossing in rapid succession the main events which occurred along his life.
Whoever should like it and find it interesting and possibly willing to play it on his own, may ask me directly for the original score.
“The founding of libraries was like constructing more public granaries, amassing reserves against a spiritual winter which by certain signs, in spite of myself, I see ahead…”
“Just when the gods had ceased to be, and the Christ had not yet come, there was a unique moment in history, between Cicero and Marcus Aurelius, when man stood alone.”