Piano (2014)

4 pieces with a total duration of ca. 30 Minutes

Dedicated to Małgorzata Walentynowicz  

NOTES — I. and II. are opposites that stem from an identical material. III. is their synthesis as well as an opening into a quotational world. IV. is partly a consequence and partly an origin.

Having foolishly interpreted in the past J.L.Borges’ “Pierre Menard the Author of Don Quixote” as a clever post-modern example, I had to attempt something similar myself in order to experience its more serious weight, and to discard first-hand any ironical interpretation of both Borges’ story and my Opus 4 – note: irony, not lightness! I would like to highlight two similarities (taken from the story) and one difference among Menard-Borges and myself, chosen among a multitude of others:

1. «Two texts of differing value inspired Menard’s undertaking. One was that philological fragment (number 2005 in the Dresden edition) in which Novalis outlines the notion of total identification with a particular author.»

2. «Pierre Menard was not out to write another Don Quixote – which would have been easy – but Don Quixote itself. Needless to add, he never envisaged a mindless transcription of the original; it was not his intention to copy it. His ambition, an admirable one, was to produce a handful of pages that matched word for word and line for line those of Miguel de Cervantes.» (trans. N.T. di Giovanni)

The difference is that I have gone further than Menard’s mysterious reconstruction: Composing A.Scriabin’s 10th Sonata as IV. was not my summum bonum, but as equally important as inventing its preceding antecedent-consequent trajectory.


Rudina Ciko performing “No.1 from opus 4” @

Pianodrom International Festival, Tirana ALBANIA Dec, 2023

Redi Llupa performing Op.4 @

Margo Jones Performance Hall, Denton USA — Apr 29, 2023

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, 44th FIMNME, Mexico City MexicoOct 29, 2022

Kristina Petrollari performing “No.1 from opus 4” @

Pianodrom International Festival, Tirana ALBANIA — Nov 24, 2021

Yumi Suehiro performing “No.1 from Op.4” @

MiseEn Place Bushwick, NY USA — May 3, 2019
[YouTube, Live, No.1]

Małgorzata Walentynowicz performing Op.4 @

Bird Recital Hall, Louisville USA — Mar 27, 2017

Clarke Recital Hall, Miami USA — Mar 25, 2017

Voertman Hall, Denton USA  — WP — Mar 22, 2017

[YouTube, Live, No.1]

Jonida Lazellari performing “No.1 from Op.4” @

Pianodrom International Festival, Tirana ALBANIA — Dec 17, 2015

Afërdita Bufaj performing “No.1 from Op.4” @

Pianodrom International Festival, Tirana ALBANIA — Nov 15, 2014

Bosendorfer CEUS performing “No.1+2 from Op.4” Mech. Ver. @

MEIT, Denton USA — Mar 24, 2014