Luna suspira (2008)

In mid-2008 the Argentine pianist Malena Levin asked me to write a piece for a concert devoted entirely to nocturnal music. The fact that it was meant to be listened along with the music of composers like Chopin or Scriabin influenced my compositional process, and the remembrance of some of their piano works pervaded the whole mood of the piece, which freely takes the form of a nocturne. Also taken from Chopin's nocturnes is a concern with the sensuous aspect of playing the piano, and therefore the harmonic and melodic materials of the work are conceived as the mediating means for an intimate contact with the piano itself. On two occasions, at the beginning and near the end of the piece, references to the second part of the famous tango Malena can be heard.