Violin Sonata

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 Apekisheva.





Review:

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.”

MARK LEHMANN

January/February 2012 American Record Guide

Price: £17.95 (+ £2.50 p&p)
  
Ref: ISMN: 979-0-9002171-3-4

 



Category
Chamber Music

Composed
2001 rev. 2003

Duration
21'00

Parts
Violin and Piano

Commission
Cheltenham Festival

First Performed
29 April 2003

Venue
Purcell Room, London

Performers
Jack Liebeck (violin)
Katya Apekisheva (piano)



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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