Piano Sonata No.1 (Besset, Julian Raoul)




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Composer (2011/9/13)

Performers Composer
Publisher Info. Julian Raoul Besset
Misc. Notes New version, processed with Garritan CFX Concert Grand (Contemporary - Compact)
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Composer (2011/9/13)

Publisher. Info. Julian Raoul Besset
Misc. Notes A complex work, initially labelled "A Life Sonata " (Sonate de Vie), because of its dedication, whose latest incarnation offers a corrected score with Finale 2014, and a better audio performance.
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General Information

Work Title Piano Sonata N°1
Alternative. Title Fantasia Sonata (A Life Sonata)
Composer Besset, Julian Raoul
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IJB 52
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 5 movements
  1. Marche Tortueuse / Tortuous March
  2. Quasi Scherzo-Valse
  3. Grotesque
  4. Intermezzo
  5. A Rebours / In Reverse
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1999
Dedication F.r.a.n.s.c.h.
Average DurationAvg. Duration n.a.
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation piano

Misc. Comments

This initial sonata was sketched in 2000 as a tribute to Franz (Schubert, of course, a long-standing favourite of the present composer) whose Sonata No.9, D.575 (last movement, whose theme was etched on the composer's memory ever since he heard it on the radio in his teens) is quoted at the end. The latest revision (22 Jan. 2016) has corrected numerous errors and maladjustments and adds a short concluding passage under the poetic heading "Envoi", as a kind of salutation.