The Petersburgian composer Gennady Banshchikov (born in 1943) is one the most remarkable masters of his generation. His musical nature is distinct for the inventiveness and wit. Banshchikov discovers the new resources of the traditional instruments and casts, doing it masterfully, especially when such devices are connected with the unfeigned profundity or sincere lyricism. All these peculiarities attracted numerous listeners to his creative work, making them watch and follow it rather persistently. Meanwhile the performers aspire to communicate with him.
The Sonata for harp and organ was composed in 1987. It was the harpist Irina Donskaya, who asked Banshchikov to write this work.
The combination of instruments impresses and charms by its fantastical sounding. The aesthetic counterbalance to it mау be found in the musical theme, looking ingenuous, clear and sticking in one's mind. Its rhythmical energy, turns either to rapidity, or graphic refined laconic brevity in slow states.