Sheet Music: Score
Piano sonata No. II / Nigel Westlake
by Nigel Westlake (2004)
In a single continuous movement, the Piano sonata No. II is comprised of two clearly defined sections. It opens with a series of sustained & fluid gestures, somewhat introverted & contemplative in character, marked "very freely with expression".
The second section is introduced by a "teasing" of dissonant figures in the upper register, leading to highly virtuosic music driven by a powerful rhythmic impetuous. Perhaps the antithesis of Debussy's "piano without hammers" where the "fingers should penetrate the notes", the piano now becomes a mechanism for the exploration of agitated percussive textures & poly rhythms, incorporating vague references to jazz "stride" & allusions to Rock n' Roll piano "licks".
Published by: Rimshot Music — 1 score (20p. -- A4 (portrait))
Duration: 12 mins
This edition produced 6 Aug 07.
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