Thomas Misson is a Hobart-based composer and pianist. Misson graduated with Bachelor of Music in Music Composition with First Class Honours from the University of Tasmania. He has been commissioned by the Australian Chamber Orchestra and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra and placed in national composition prizes. As a pianist he holds an LMusA with Distinction and numerous open prizes from the Hobart Eisteddfod including the Nelle Ashdown Memorial Award. Misson also worked as a music journalist for CutCommon between 2014 and 2017.
Thomas Misson – Piano Sonata (2017) – 27 minutes
I: Auspices ex Avibus – 4 ½ minutes
Birds envisage of an ominous future despite the warmth, comfort and optimism of their
II: Ardent Narcosis – 5 ½ minutes
A serene, sun-kissed middle section is bookended by sections of relentlessly volatile romantic hysteria.
III: Asphyxic Voids – 4 minutes
An aimless aria winds its way through this movement in wearied submission. Air bubbles can be heard in the middle of this section, seemingly in perpetual descent. At the end of this section, heartbeat-like utterances can be heard.
VI: Amygdalic Blitz – 4 ½ minutes
Untamed energy, ecstatic tension between fight and flight. The last part of the section gives in to unfettered maniacal and violent instincts bringing about its own orgiastic destruction.
V: Aftermath – 8 minutes
A limbo-esque state of suspension between good and evil.
Image of Kunanyi: Martine Turmine via Flickr CC2.0.