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.
Sonata for Violin and Piano
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