September 22, 2023

Goldberg – Moonlight – New Life Sonata…..

By Heidi Trautmann….

I am sure that all seven muses of the arts have been present when Fazil Say was born, they must have fed him with music and watched over him as he grew up to become what he is today. In his veins run the elements of music and are automatically transferred onto the keys of pianos worldwide with his own understanding and interpretation.

On 21 October 2022, he paid a second visit to North Cyprus, to the Bellapais Abbey, the first being in the Salamis Amphitheatre click here to learn more..

The concert hall was packed with extra seats on the stage itself. The first part of the programme was J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations BWV 988 and L. van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14, known as Moonlight Sonata. In the second part, he confronted the audience with his new work composed during the pandemic. Read in the attachment what he says about it. For me, it is the music of our life, the music when we open the door in the morning, the music of the roads we walk, the doubts we have, told in his very own language.

The answer from the audience was explosive and would not stop and he came back to give us an Encore, his variation of Summertime from Porgy and Bess. In the following video, you can see his body language, his lips which constantly move and sing the notes and his feet which beat the floor. A music man up to the tips of his hair…


A big thank you to the organiser Halil Kalgay and his team.

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