Sheet Music: Score
Piano sonata no. 1 / Carl Vine.
by Carl Vine (1990)
Drawing on the lithe beauty and contrapuntal elegance of the
Elliot Carter Piano Sonata (1946), the Piano Sonata by Carl Vine
is a work characterised by intense rhythmic drive and building up
layers of resonance. These layers are sometimes delicate and
modal, achieving a 'pointed' polyphony by the use of complex
cross-rhythm, at other times being granite-like in density,
creating waves of sound which propel the music irresistibly
towards its climax.
The scheme is similar to the Carter Sonata - two movements, with the slow section built into and defining the faster portions of the first movement. The second movement is based on a moto perpetuo which soon gives way to a chorale-like section, based on parallel fifths.
In discussing the work, Vine is reticent about offering explanations for the compositional processes involved, feeling that these are self-evident, and indeed the work is definitely aurally 'accessible' on first hearing. However one of the main concerns in this sonata is the inter-relationship between disparate tempi, which is the undercurrent of the work and its principle binding element.
Published by: Chester Music [CH61356] — 1 score (33p. -- A4 (portrait))
Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB Professional
Duration: 18 mins
Dedicated to Michael Kieran Harvey
First performance by Michael Kieran Harvey — 23 Jun 91. Elm Street Hall, North Melbourne, Australia.
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Analysis & Media
- Video: Piano Sonata (1990) First Movement
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