Sonata No. 2 for violin & piano

Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano is in two movements, both of which are formally unique and rhapsodic in character.  The first movement, Rapture, is romantic in feeling and gesture.  The melodies are sweeping and lyrical, and are supported by rich, sensual harmonies.  During the course of the movement certain other secondary thematic areas interrupt the unfolding of this lyrical material.  The music from these brief interruptions eventually emerges as the main material of an extended coda.  The second movement, Reminiscence, takes another look at many of the ideas from Rapture.  It is a kaleidoscopic view, with elements of the first movement being superimposed, reharmonized, and juxtaposed in new formal positions.  It is as if the music of the first movement was being remembered, and is therefore subjected to the fragmentation that accompanies the very act of memory.

Sonata No. 2 for violin and piano was composed in Cedar Falls, Iowa, from September 1995 to May 1996.  It was premiered 15 November 1996 by Tatiana Frenkel (violin) and Frank Gutschmidt (piano) at the Fourth International Sound Ways Festival held at the Dom Kompozitoroff (House of Composers) in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is available on my 2008 CD Never Final, Never Gone (innova 696), featuring Tatiana Razoumova, violin, and Maria Kolaiko, piano. The recording below comes from that CD.

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violin, piano
Date completed:
ca. 12:00

I. Rapture

II. Reminiscence

Featured Recording

Never Final, Never Gone

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