Hendrik Bouman on his Compositions

“My three-movement Sonata in A minor is situated in the post-Baroque style of the North German ‘Sturm und Drang’ - storm and stress - a mainly literary and musical movement that can be compared with early Romanticism in its excessive stress on emotions.

The middle movement, an Adagio, gives some relief to the tortured soul in between the stormy emotions represented in the outer movements, as if a ray of sunlight breaks through the gathering clouds and falls on a field, a face, or a petal.

The recording took place during the night; I remember the high degree of concentration I experienced when most of the world is at rest. I play on a modern Fazioli piano which revealed itself as remarkably souple and receptive to my intentions.”

My ‘contemporary Classic compositions, written in 18th Century style, are the fruit of my love and admiration for the magnificent musical universe of the 18th Century. As a performer specialised in Early Music, I increasingly felt it a challenge to experience what was for most of the Masters of the 17th and 18th Centuries commonplace: to perform, alone or in an ensemble, one’s own works

In my approach to these piano compositions I savoured something of the fresh and eager spirit with which musicians in the 18th century explored this newcomer that gradually dethroned the harpsichord. Music coming directly from the Baroque heritage is being transformed on the piano with new technical horizons and a widening sound spectrum; a rich variety of emotional colours presents itself quite naturally to the musicians and composer.”

Hendrik Bouman, Pondichéry, 2017

©Hendrik Bouman, Sonata in A minor

mvt.II - adagio

Music - 18th Century preclassical style

Composer - Hendrik Bouman

Performer - Hendrik Bouman

World Première - Concerts Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur of the City of Montréal, Québec, Canada

Recorded - Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur,

Montréal, Québec, Canada 1998

Piano - Fazioli

CD 2nd Notebook for Anna  ARYA

©Hendrik Bouman, Sonata en La mineur

mvt.II - adagio

Musique - style préclassique du XVIIIe siècle

Compositeur - Hendrik Bouman

Interprète - Hendrik Bouman

Première mondiale - Concerts Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur de la Ville de Montréal, Québec, Canada

Enregistré - Chapelle historique du Bon Pasteur,

Montréal, Québec, Canada 1998

Piano - Fazioli

CD 2nd Notebook for Anna  ARYA

Sonata in A major - Adagio mvt. II composed by

©Hendrik Bouman

Hendrik Bouman - piano Broadwood 1888

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