John E. ZammitPace
John E. ZammitPace (MT) – Day of the Moon
John E. ZammitPace about his piano piece “Day of the Moon”:
„The Piano work ‚DAY of the MOON‘ was composed for and is dedicated to the pianist Susanne Kessel of Bonn, Germany. This work is in three short parts, using and fusing traditional notation with graphic scores, musically interpreting turmoil of romantic music leading to a serene, and calm ‚cosmic‘ ending. The intro of ‚Day of the Moon‘, although indirectly, is somewhat in the realm of The Tempest Sonata by Beethoven, although it is only about its energetic approach. The rhythmic intro and the descending ‚runs‘ are to symbolize, a ‚Storm in the Mind‘ which evolves into a calmer state as the music moves towards ’spaced chords‘ more akin to meditative music, and the Moonlight Sonata. The ‚inside the piano‘ playing‘ is my to ‚portray‘ the Spiritual world through electronic effects, I visualized this composition a way of describing the process of life and death to another life.
I have to add that when I composed this work it was literally Monday, the Day of the Moon’“
n the future.”
Piano piece “Day of the Moon” – in concert:
14th Dezember 2018 – world premiere – Klavierhaus Klavins – Susanne Kessel, piano
John E. ZammitPace (*1953)
was born in Attard, Malta. He started in music while still in primary school singing in choirs and learning the basics of Descant Recorder.
At 13 he started having guitar lessons and learned the basics of music theory. He spent most of his teenage playing in Rock bands, but, at twenty he started to concentrate more on Jazz, Film music, the piano, mandolin, and percussion, and studying the scores of Classical Music. He spent a few years performing on Greek and Spanish cruising ships but, eventually, he started to get involved with the Avant-Garde with the likes of Stockhausen, Xenakis, Boulez, Cage, and others, while spending a year at university for musicology where he also worked on the part writing of Charles Camilleri’s Opera Compostella..
To date, he has composed circa 150 works, including Symphonies, String quartets, Concertos, and works for solo instruments. In Music Theory and Composition, he is self-taught.
He had some of his works performed in Buenos Aires, Chicago, Connecticut, Romania, and Berlin. Most of his music scores are today found at the Malta National Archives, which he gave them as An Contribution to Society. On the 5th of May of 2018, two of his Classical guitar Sonatas where performed by the Argentinian guitarist Carlos Eduardo Bojarski, and the Duo HARPVERK have commisioned him a work which is now composed and called ‘BELT 1’ while another Duo Sideband is to perform another work of his ‘Bliss for 2’.
The Piano work ‘DAY of the MOON’ was composed for and is dedicated to the pianist Susanne Kessel of Bonn, Germany. This work is in three short parts, using a fusion of traditional notation with graphic scores, musically interpreting turmoil of romantic music leading to a serene, and calm ‘cosmic’ ending.
Hopefully more of his works, for various instruments, will be performed in the future.