Honfleur Rouge / Honfleur Vert
Works nos. 166–7
My 2017 piano piece Honfleur Bleu was a miniaturized musical biography of Erik Satie. The beginning was inspired by his Gnossiennes, the middle and the end by the popular styles he adopted and experimented with in his later music. These two pieces, composed three years later, are musical biographies of imaginary composers. They both would've been born in Honfleur, like Satie. One of them was definitely preoccupied with social matters and affairs of state. Disillusioned, and having suffered through a crisis, they only found peace at the end of their life. The other composer may have started as a crowd-pleaser, but too became disenchanted. They found a truer source of inspiration in nature, quite possibly in their childhood memories of the sea. They may have moved to the Atlantic coast later in life and changed their style quite radically.
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