A performance of Domenico Scarlatti’s Sonata K381 by Igor Kamenz
A Brief Statement on Green Dove with Red Wings
Green Dove with Red Wings takes some of its coloring from the Dove Nebula at the center of the constellation Orion. Some of the very thin bands you see stand in for the bright stars being born at the core of the nebula and spreading out to the edges, changing colors as they age.
Sonata K381 is very structured, leaping from high to low, almost taking the form of an exercise for the musician playing it. Some of Scarlatti’s sonatas are specifically intended to cultivate the mastery of the performer. The impression to the listener is of joyous energy.
The music is pressing and has the feel of unavoidable captivation or necessity. It is the impulse of the “joyous errand” from the Rubaiyat by the ancient Persian astronomer Omar Khayyam:
And when like her, oh, Saki, you shall pass
Among the Guests Star-scatter’d on the Grass,
And in your joyous errand reach the spot
Where I made One–turn down an empty Glass!