https://youtu.be/2a5sMSmRUHU

https://soundcloud.com/kalos-piano/salvador-dalis-the-persistence-of-memory-a-piano-improvisation


My second attempt at piano improvisation, trying to translate one of Dali's most famous works into musical notes, and setting a very different mood compared to my first improvisation, inspired by the much more tranquil and relaxing "Water Lilies" paintings by Monet.
I'm starting with two notes, at a regular beat, one semitone apart, emulating a ticking clock. Immersed in an ethereal atmosphere of high register clusters, the two notes slowly descend and liquify just like the melting clocks in the painting.
I'm using the whole tone scale to conjure a mood of unease and uncertainty and dissonances suggesting unpleasant memories. Eventually powerful octaves emerge from the low register: I must admit I was thinking about the heavy pace of the giant, long legged elephants appearing in other paintings by Dali, such as "Dream Caused by the Flight of a Bee Around a Pomegranate a Second Before Awakening", "The Temptation of St. Anthony" and "The Elephants", but I guess the effect fits the mood of this work as well.

Inspirations for this improvisation have been the late Liszt, Satie, Debussy and atonal music in general.