|Composition Year||1984 ca.|
|Genre Categories||; ; ; ;; ; ;|
|Work Title||Cello Sonata|
|Alternative. Title||Sonata for Cello and Piano|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 5|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1984 ca.|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||12 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
The cello sonata initiates my 20-year Nevada City period. I wrote it for two musicians living there, one of whom (the pianist) retreated to Holland and never came back. I hope my sonata was not responsible for his headlong flight. It oughtn't have been, as it is essentially a mainstream piece which has enjoyed many performances since that time.
The first movement has a somewhat mysterious and (oddly enough) exalted quality. The second is quite bravura, mainly in the piano. The third has an inward spiritual quality, while the fourth is a fugue in the great tradition. A well-rounded showpiece for both instruments.
– W. Jay Sydeman