In Memory
for solo piano

Harry Stafylakis
Harry Stafylakis
Date de composition : 2011
Durée: 00:06:00
Genre: Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands


Instrumentation no. 1:
  • 1 x Piano
Notes de programme :
"Time and memory are true artists; they remould reality nearer to the heart's desire."
—John Dewey

The fragility of memory is an interesting thing. In the process of encoding, storing, and retrieving information, our brains engage in an active process of construction that is vulnerable to distortion and manipulation - especially where emotions are involved.

In Memory is a diptych in which I explore two distinct musical memories: listening as a child to my grandfather practicing his instrument; and myself as a young man playing through Bach's Goldberg Variations during my first summer in Paris.

In Âge d’or ("Golden Age"), the main melodic motive of this piece is derived from my grandfather's name using the soggetto cavato dalle vocali technique that was developed by Josquin des Prez (and coined by Zarlino). The resulting theme ­- A G# E D - also is the inspiration for the title of the piece, an appropriate term for these sepia-toned memories.

A Goldberg Variation, as the title implies, is a variation on the Aria from J.S. Bach's iconic work, in my own style and syntax. Rather than studying the original closely, I composed the piece intuitively, allowing the naturally-occuring distortions of my memory of the aria to embed themselves in the musical flow.


Renseignements sur la création :
24 Février 2016, Elebash Hall, New York City; Nicolas Namoradze, piano


  • Cote:
  • MI 2110 S779in
  • Genre:
  • Keyboard, Piano, One Keyboard, Two Hands
  • Date d'acquisition :
  • March 14, 2017
  • Type:
  • Partition, inédite
  • Description physique :
  • 1 partition (11 p.) ;
    11 pages
    Hauteur: 28 cm
    Largeur: 22 cm
  • Renseignements supplémentaires :
  • Pour piano.
    En 2 mouvements : I. L'âge d'or -- II. A Goldberg Variation.
    Oeuvre déposée au CMC Québec.

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