Traumblätter (Dream Leaves)

(2007)

Commissioned by the Fonds voor de Scheppende Toonkunst. Written for Wyneke Jordans and Leo van Doeselaar.

Recently I sat down at the piano for an hour and played through a thick collection of Robert Schumann’s short pieces. Strange but true: in modern music one hardly ever comes across a character piece. This observation gave me the idea of writing a commissioned work for piano four hands as a collection of short pieces entitled Dream Leaves. Anything can happen in a dream – this realization gave me a wonderful feeling of freedom during the composition process. Robert Schumann: thanks.

dreams

1. Falling asleep restlessly.

2. Dream drops.

3. Dream of the girl at the spinning wheel.

4. Dream of the beloved who cannot agree.

5. Impatient watchman of dreams.

6. Dé-jà-entendu dream.

7. Merry-go-round of nightly thoughts.

8. Last sweet dream of life.

World premiere: July 27th 2008 in the Kleine Zaal of the Concertgebouw/Amsterdam during the Robeco series (5 movements).
First performance complete cycle: October 26th 2008 in the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.


For part 4 a grand piano with a third pedal is required.