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|Work Title||Violin Sonata No.3|
|Alternative. Title||"Ben" for Violin and Piano|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 63|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1984|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||12 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
Written for the Sacramento violinist Ben Dominitz, this is a demanding work both musically and technically (as desired by this violinist). The cosmic musing and contemplative movements move in almost ethereal realms – the allegro reminds one of a machine run amok, and the agitato more than lives up to its title. A sort of “hold on to your seats” piece.
The material of the first movement is decidedly odd and sort of defies description. A few motives are introduced and played with in various unexpected ways, finally at letter E developing a more specific continuity before returning to an almost cadenza-like elaboration of the original statement. The machine-like allegro allows the listener to relax a bit in its more obvious continuity. Then comes the “Cosmic Musing” in which very free, very high violin phrases are surrounded by the wispyish of piano figures. Not to mention the agitato which roars by like a hurricane, ending with a canon in 16th notes. The fifth movement is back to another extremely delicate, inward-looking violin solo.
– W. Jay Sydeman