Music and Memory: Katharine Norman's Fuga Interna

Oct 12, 2016

  Composer and writer Katharine Norman's piece is about aging and memory loss. 

It comes from a set of pieces influenced by a Bach Fugue, "a compositional teacher," as Katharine Norman puts it. 

Her mother was her first piano teacher and now she is a suffering from Alzheimers. In the piece, Katharine Norman is remembering her first piano lessons with her, because her mother can't remember them any longer. The pianist is Xenia Pestova.

Xenia Pestova, Pianist in Katharine Norman's Fuga Interna
Credit photo by Carla Rees

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