Daedalus & Icarus – ballade for pianist Isolde Troost

Last week I finished ‘Daedalus & Icarus’. This Piano Ballade was written especially for Isolde Troost, who needed a new piece that could fit into a program consisting of ballads and lyrical pieces. One of the main features of these pieces is the melancholic atmosphere, and the fact that it’s often associated with tragic events. Another feature of the pieces in this specific program was the use of a rhythmical motif associated with the rhythm of a heartbeat. With this in mind I searched for story full of tragedy, a story about life and death. This I found in the story of Daedalus and Icarus (by Ovid). Daedalus, who is held captive on an
island, invents a way to escape from his prison: he makes wings so he can fly away. Together with his son Icarus he tests the wings and finds out they work perfectly well. The only thing they have to keep in mind is that they shouldn’t fly too near the sun, because then the heat will damage the wings. Icarus thinks of flying as a nice game and doesn’t pay attentions to his fathers warnings. While enjoying himself in the air, the heat of the sun damages his wings and he falls down the sea. And so the joyful event of their escape and the hope of a free life ends in tragedy and death. This is the story that inspired me to write this ballad.


(‘the fall of Icarus’ by Brueghel)

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(pianist Isolde Troost)