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Sonata 7 for piano : of the night

by Don Kay (2010)

Sonata 7 for piano


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Sonata 7 for piano : of the night / Don Kay.

Library shelf no. 786.2183/KAY 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

I've sub-titled my 7th piano sonata 'of the night' because throughout its composition I had images stemming from nocturnal thoughts, in a very broad sense. A suggestion of evening ruminations, perhaps during a stroll, pervaded the first movement, marked andante. The inevitable approach of darkness, almost by stealth and sense of uncertainty, dominated the delicatissimo central movement with a middle section of movement and lightness before the return of uncertainty. The final movement, misterioso, was motivated by the profound mystery of deep night with clear starlight skies. Throughout both the 2nd and 3rd movements the use of the often unrelieved sustaining pedal creates the effect of sweeping washes of sound.

Work Details

Year: 2010

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 17 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: Andante -- Delicatissimo -- Misterioso.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Vanessa Sharman

First performance: by Arabella Teniswood-Harvey at Songs of the South (Conservatorium Recital Hall) on 10 May 2014


Performances of this work

10 May 2014: at Songs of the South (Conservatorium Recital Hall). Featuring Arabella Teniswood-Harvey.

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