• Missy Mazzoli
  • Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos (2007)

  • G Schirmer Inc (World)
  • piano and pre-recorded electronics
  • 9 min 30 s

Programme Note

Isabelle Eberhardt was an explorer and writer who, at the beginning of the 20th century, abandoned a comfortable aristocratic life for a nomadic existence in North Africa. She was a liberated individual who rejected conventional European morality in favor of her own path. She died in a desert flash flood at the age of twenty-seven.

Isabelle Eberhardt Dreams of Pianos imagines her riding on horseback through the desert, lost in thought, remembering sounds and sensations of her old life. Fragments of Schubert's A Major Sonata pierce her consciousness and are quickly suppressed. In her fatigue she dreams of a piano half-buried in sand, a flash flood of sheet music swirling around her.

ā€” Missy Mazzoli


As performed by Shai Wosner