Only One Thing

A performance of Scarlatti Sonata K20 by Wladyslaw Klosiewicz on harpsichord


A brief statement on Only One Thing
I have had the desire to paint sonata K20 ever since I heard it for the first time. Several years ago I made a large sketch of it in its entirety. This painting includes only the beginning 24 bars of the first section of the sonata, so you will hear it straightaway when you open the recording. Brace yourself beforehand and turn down the volume – this work is played on harpsichord. It is bright and speedy, and gains momentum over time. The title refers to the fact that I don’t find meaning in this work outside of the structure of the music. It is about only one thing – music itself. This drawing is my third attempt, and the notation you see contains some the labor of the previous two attempts. I finally had to look for something that served as an organizing principle, in this case the colors of the Sonata are accentuated by colors from a watercolor landscape by Hans Hoffman. I do not consider this work a landscape, but a rational organization of colors that display the lack of guile in the music.