Viola Sonata No.3 (Sydeman, William Jay)

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Rickshinozaki (2019/9/4)

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Work Title Viola Sonata No.3
Alternative. Title for Viola and Piano
Composer Sydeman, William Jay
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWS 62
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 movements:
1. Poco allegro
2. Rubato
3. Moderato ironico
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1994 ca.
First Publication. 2019
Average DurationAvg. Duration 14 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation viola, piano

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My third sonata for viola and piano is (aptly) in three movements, and has little to do with the fact that I myself have played the viola, for it is somewhat demanding technically.

The first movement has more than a whiff of JS Bach in it, with the tune and its contrapuntal evolutions being apparent throughout. For all that, it also has a gemütlichkeit (ironically pleasant) quality as well in its linearity. Movement 2 is lovely with lyrical lines in the viola and much filigree piano work surrounding it. The 3rd movement reflects much of the quality of movement 1 both thematically and emotionally but is quite bravura for both instruments, ending with a flourish that could have people (the audience, not the performers) leaping from their seats in the grand fashion.

– W. Jay Sydeman