Violin Sonata No.5 (Sydeman, William Jay)

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General Information

Work Title Violin Sonata No.5
Alternative. Title "Miha" for Violin and Piano
Composer Sydeman, William Jay
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. IWS 57
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1 movement
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1985
First Publication. 2014
Dedication Miha Pogačnik
Average DurationAvg. Duration 9 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Modern
Piece Style Modern
Instrumentation violin, piano

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Miha Pogačnik, a quite extraordinary Yugoslavian violinist, kept appearing on programs in which my music was being performed (or vice versa). So whether he was the cart and I was the horse (or vice versa), it seemed destined that we shared some kind of cosmic interaction – so (naturally) I wrote him a piece. He is an artist who eschews the recording medium, but others (fortunately for me) do not share this proclivity, thus recordings are available.

The language of the piece is somewhat reminiscent of Alban Berg, with dark moods alternating with lively sections, the piano particularly occasionally becoming somewhat raucous. The piece ends with an intensely lyrical section with a “fluff” of a coda in the violin. I believe to be one of my more significant works, both musically and technically.

– W. Jay Sydeman, July 2012