What a wonderful piano sonata! Thank you for this. I have often wished Wagner had written significant piano music late in his career when his chromatic harmony and interweaving of motifs was so intricate; and this sonata is very like the way I imagine he may have done so.
I highly recommend that any pianists take the time to explore this piece thoroughly.
If there is any more piano music at all by Kornauth, it would be great to have it available. Did he write much?
Thank you. M.J.E. 15:24, 8 August 2010 (UTC)
- Well, he wrote several pieces for piano solo:
- 5 Piano Pieces, Op.2 (1911/12)
- Piano Sonata, Op.4 (1912)
- Fantasie, Op.10 (1912-15)
- 3 Piano Pieces, Op.23 (1918-20)
- Kleine Suite, Op.29 (1923)
- 4 Piano Pieces, Op.32 (1926)
- Sonatine, Op.41b
- Präludium und Passacaglia, Op.43 (1939)
- 5 Piano Pieces, Op.44 (1939)
- 3 Kanons
Hobbypianist 15:53, 8 August 2010 (UTC)
That's interesting - not a prolific piano composer, but not a really meagre one either.
Do you have any of these? Have you played or heard any of them?
Where did you find that list? M.J.E. 19:14, 8 August 2010 (UTC)
- It's from 'Das grosse Handbuch der Klaviermusik' by Peter Hollfelder, a really good book with lists of piano works of ~3500 composers. Op.4 is the only one I found some time ago in a library. No, I haven't played it yet (My list of pieces I want to play is at least as long as my scan list....currently I'm practising some works by F. Blumenfeld). Didn't hear any of them either, unfortunately there's only some chamber music by Kornauth available to my knowledge. Hobbypianist 16:53, 9 August 2010 (UTC)
- comment on PD-US status just because- it does seem that the works before op.29 are PD-US (e.g. op.10 seems to have waited until about 1920 for publication- not sure, will try to find out- but before 1923, anyway). hopefully someone will scan them in sometime, and other Kornauth works (whether PD-US or not, of course, as preservation is a major goal here) such as the string quintet (op30 cop.1925), clarinet quintet, violin sonata op.9 (cop.1920), piano quartet in C minor op.18 (pub. Doblinger 1921) etc. We do now have opp.4, 23, the duo op.11 and the trio op.27. I seem to recall he was a pupil of a favorite of mine (Fuchs) so I'm naturally biased anyway ;) Sibley according to groucho.lib.rochester.edu has opp.2, 3 (viola sonata), 9, 10, 15 (violin sonata no.2) &18 (but not apparently scanned in yet? I should check...) among their pd-us holdings... Eric 22:30, 26 March 2011 (UTC) (op18 pub 1922 acc. to HMB actually-E. Doblinger - ah. composed 1917, copyrighted 1921, announced HMB 1922.)