I have just come out of a live performance of The Trump Sonata, a 13-minute piece by Avner Hananin for solo piano and edited video.
Hanani has taken clips of Trump speeches and composed a piano accompaniment that draws on the President’s speech melodies, augmenting his melodic patterns so effectively that we realise how and why he is such an irresistible and dangerous demagogue.
The sonata neither alters nor distorts Trump. There are his phrases, his gestures, his song-song. He is at once comic, seductive and subversive. The music does absolutely no more than is necessary. It is a masterwork of restraint, a lesson from history.
Watch. Just a bit.
There is more.