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Piano sonata no. 2 (solo piano)

by Carl Vine (1997)

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Performance by Michael Kieran Harvey from the CD Chamber music. Vol. 2

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Chamber music. Vol. 2 / Carl Vine.

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Work Overview

My first Piano Sonata and Piano Concerto were both written for, dedicated to and premiered by Michael Keiran Harvey. Since 1991 Harvey has presented the Piano Sonata around the globe, and won the Ivo Pogorelich International Piano Competition while playing that work.

Following the premiere of the Piano Concerto in 1997, Michael asked me to write a second sonata, to be premiered at the 1998 Sydney Festival. I wanted the new work to have a far more solid structure than the first sonata, which evolves organically over its entire span.

After a declamatory introduction, the first movement is in two clear halves. The first relies on a perpetually roving left hand part over which a variety of gestural material is developed. The second is a slowly repeating 'ground bass' which accompanies bell-like sonorities and free-form melody in the right hand.

The second movement features fast motoric rhythms with a strong jazz influence and jarring syncopations. The centre of the movement drops suddenly to half tempo to explore the 'dreamier' side of the same material before returning with a climactic recapitulation.

Work Details

Year: 1997

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 21 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB Professional

Dedication note: Dedicated to Michael Kieran Harvey

Commission note: Commissioned by Sydney Festival, Graeme & Margaret Lee, Michael Kieran Harvey.

First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey — 21 Jan 98. Sydney Town Hall, Australia


Performances of this work

22 Nov 2009: at The Key to Vine (Verbrugghen Hall).

21 Jan 98: Sydney Town Hall, Australia. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.

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