Piano Sonata No. 2, “The Last Resistance” (2011)

Dedicated to Steven Spooner and Jacqueline Rose


I. The Last Resistance
II. Retro Recollections on 21st and 8th
III. Freud Goes to Abu Ghraib
IV. Men and Women in Dark Times



My Second Piano Sonata “The Last Resistance” takes its title from Jacqueline Rose’s collection of essays. This four movement work engages the spirit of the post 9/11 essays by portraying the prophecy of difficulty of times ahead in the first movement, a representation of post 9/11 Manhattan in the second, a lamentation in the third movement (“Freud Goes to Abu Ghraib”); and a vicious finale featuring musical portraits of men and women in dark times.

—Mohammed Fairouz