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.”