In this program, Hannah Lash explores the experience of sound color in the music of Scriabin, through performances of both his work and her own. Scriabin’s Piano Sonata no. 1 was composed in 1892 after Scriabin had injured his right hand and was told he would never play again. The piece has been described as his personal outcry against God at the loss of his hand. (He actually did recover full use of the hand eventually.) Hannah Lash’s Sonata for Harp is a large piece in four movements that plays with the idea of sonata form in the classical sense, re-imagining it in a non-tonal context. The piece and its “tonal” centers are largely focused on different colors that the harp can produce, and how these colors are integrated and also contrasted together.
Works to be included on the “Harp In Colors” program include:
Alexander Scriabin, Piano Sonata No. 1 in f minor, Op. 6
Hannah Lash, Sonata for Harp