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Sonata for guitar : for solo guitar

by Charles Bodman Rae (1982)

Sonata for guitar


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Sonata for guitar : for solo guitar / Charles Bodman Rae.

Library shelf no. 787.87/BOD 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

My Sonata for Guitar was composed in Warsaw during the European Spring of 1982, fulfilling a Yorkshire Arts commission from the British guitarist and eminent Segovia scholar, Graham Wade. He gave the first performance (of many) in a recital at the King's Manor in York in October 1982. Although I had played the classical guitar as a teenager this was the first time I had written an extended work for the instrument. Instead of drawing on the guitar repertory, I found myself drawing a compositional and psychological model from a late Beethoven piano sonata. My sonata moves through four stages - introduction, crisis, repose, and renewal - of a psychological journey.

Work Details

Year: 1982

Instrumentation: Guitar.

Duration: 15 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I Allegretto -- II Andante -- III Adagio -- IV Andante con moto.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Aldona Pruchnicka

Commission note: Commissioned by Graham Wade, with funds provided by the Yorkshire Arts Association


Performances of this work

10 Oct 82: King's Manor, University of York, UK. Featuring Graham Wade.

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