A challenging (Grade 8+) work that makes equal demands on the violinist and pianist and is of
strong melodic interest throughout its three diverse movements.
Composer's Programme Note
This Sonata was orginally conceived as a group of three independent movements that would be strongly marker from
each other in both form and content. But during the process of composition I realised that the pieces were becoming
increasingly related to each other in a way that suggested a sonata-like structure.
The central Presto follows a broad first movement that contrasts music of relatively free rhythm and dissonant
intensity with that of diatonic simplicity and a stable pulse. The Presto is a projection of elements heard in the
piano part of the previous movement; in particular an arpeggio reiterated over three descending notes under an E
major pedal-point in the violin.
The last movement represents a 'return to grace' although this too is gradually invaded by the descending 3rd idea.
Being in the remote tonal area of C sharp, it is intended as a reconciliation of conflicting elements from the
previous movements and a summation of the mediant tonal relationships of the Sonata.
The Violin Sonata is dedicated to Jack Liebeck, although the second movement is independently dedicated to Katya
“The interplay of line and texture as this music unfolds is especially enthralling. I’ve never heard timbral
interpenetrations more diaphanous, more rarified, yet better fitted to the instruments or more aurally fascinating.
Just listen to the Violin Sonata’s dancing and flickering central scherzo: the violin and piano are so amorously
entwined they seem ecstatic pulsations of a single light-filled organism.”
January/February 2012 American Record Guide
Price: £17.95 (+ £2.50 p&p)
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