sonatina “die and let die” for reiner
Short, violent, and tongue-in cheek, this sonatina is only two pages long. It's humour comes from Reddy's use of the extreme registers of the piano, almost impossible leaps and chord clusters, and a vague reference to the 'James Bond' theme - hence the title. There are only two extant Sibelius files of a work that was obviously 'tossed off' in the middle of the night of 26 August 2007. Both files are labelled 'live+let die' rather than 'die and let die' despite the title on the score. The dedicatee is Reddy’s friend and student in Konstanz, Germany, Reiner Wierschchanowski. At the first public performance - by Michael Blake in 2018 at Stellenbosch University, a recording of which is given below - Blake decided to repeat the work, since it is so short.