Miosotis (2008)

Solo Piano

Premiered and recorded by Carla Reis for her university extension program project “Piano.Pérolas: desvendando o repertório didático brasileiro” (Pearls of piano music: unveiling the Brazilian didactic repertoire) taking place at Music Department – Federal University of São João del Rei.

Duration:  1’20’’

For this project I’ve composed a dozen of piano pieces intended for beginners to intermediate students. It was my first approach to create didactic pieces for children and teenagers trying to get out the commonplace, looking for beauty and poetry instead of focusing only on technical demands. Each piece is based on infant-related images or on my own childhood memories. The piece’s aesthetical nature have been attracting older students as well.

Miosotis, a.k.a Forget-me-not, are small and very delicate white, rose or blue flowers, spreading around the Northern Hemisphere. Since the Germans coined the most common name used for this flower, it’s natural that there’s a myth of two lovers walking along the Danube River first seeing the bright blue blossoms.

The man retrieved the flowers for the woman, but he was swept away by the river and told her not to forget him as he floated away, making the Forget Me Not a lasting symbol of remembrance. That’s the main purpose of “Miosotis”: the image of its delicate petals and sweet colors is transformed in a simple but beautiful melody and soft harmonies, making alive the good memories and feelings of childhood.

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