George's Sonatas and Man Dances

20 mins, solo piano

The bulk of these pieces were composed in the 2020 lockdown. I was playing a lot of the shorter, epigrammatic sonatas by Scarlatti at the time, so each of my sonatas in this collection are short, concentrated, and single-minded. The Man Dances are a little different, more repetitive and bare. They are just three such pieces taken from a much larger collection of tiny repeating pieces I had been writing over the lockdowns, many of which have since found homes in my other work. Some were sketches meant for longer pieces of music that felt more comfortable left in their miniature form. Some were written for small music boxes that I was making at the time.

This book was composed and named for pianist George Xiaoyuan Fu, and commissioned bythe Royal Academy of Music as part of their 200th anniversary commissions project. A recording is forthcoming.

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24 pages

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Past events
  1. George Fu plays George's Sonata book in a programme of work written for RAM's 200th anniversary.

  2. Natalie Burch is playing a few of my piano pieces in a concert the University of Glasgow, alongside Heloise Werner singing music by herself and Jonathan Woolgar. Concert is free to attend online and in-person, see here:

  3. Joseph Havlat explores a selection of music inspired by the Bishopsgate Institute collections


    May 2021


    Bishopsgate Recital online

    Joseph Havlat's recital at the Bishopsgate Institute, on the theme of Resist!, is now online, featuring four pieces by me and music from Rzewski, Michael Finnissy and Isabella Gellis. Watch online for free here