Edwin McLean’s Sonata No. 2 for Two Harpsichords (2014), an Alienor commissioned work, received its premiere performance at McGill University (Montréal, Canada) on May 23, 2015. The performers were Elaine Funaro and Beverly Biggs. The occasion of the premiere was the Ninth Alienor competition final concert featuring juried works and another commissioned duo by Mark Janello.
Elaine and Beverly then went on to Stonington CT and performed the new duo at the La Grua Center on June 6, 2015. They were joined by Rebecca Pechefsky for a performance of McLean’s Sonata for Three Harpsichords on the same program.
From left to right: Rebecca Pechefsky, Elaine Funaro, Beverly Biggs
Thank you for three marvelous performances!
The Sonata for Two Harpsichords (3rd movement) received a performance in Tokyo, Japan on May 10, 2015. This performance was sponsored by the Japan Harpsichord Society. The performers, Tomoko Kakuma and Tomoko Teramura, say they are interested in doing my new Sonata No. 2 for Two Harpsichords in Japan in the near future. That will be exciting!
The last week of 2014 was an exciting one, filled with rehearsals and recording sessions of my sonatas for one, two, and three harpsichords. The recordings took place at Duke University Chapel, one of the largest Gothic-style cathedrals in the United States.
This album is being produced by the indefatigable harpsichordist Elaine Funaro; rounding out the rest of the team is Rebecca Pechefsky and Beverly Biggs — all superb musicians.
Also on hand for the session was the master of on-site recording, Christopher Greenleaf. Here’s what he had to say about recording in situations such as the left transept of the cathedral:
“Performing and recording in a generous, all-stone room appoaches the sonically and æsthetically ideal as closely as one comes in this life. Gentle, subtly shaded reverberance is an organic part of a top-quality recording.”
I’ll keep you informed as this project progresses.
It has been over 20 years since I wrote the Sonata for Two Harpsichords. Since then it has been performed with great success both in the United States and in Europe. Frankly, I never thought I’d write another duo, but . . . here it is, commissioned by Aliénor for Elaine Funaro, who has been a tireless proponent of my harpsichord works over the years.
Here are some 30-second excerpts of the three movements. I think you’ll agree that it’s very much in the style and spirit of the earlier sonatas. The score and parts are available by going to the Buy Sheet Music store on the home page of this website.
Dancers 2 is a complementary painting to the first Dancers I did last year — and which I posted on this blog. They are both acrylic on canvas, and are 24 x 30 in size. The image needs to be looked at for a while, since there are both black and white dancers, depending on what your eye catches.
I’m sitting in my studio (in front of the DK10 electronic drum set). On the left is Dancers 1. They make a nice pair, but I’ve gotta move them to a better wall!