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Piano sonata no. 1

Sheet Music: Score

Piano sonata no. 1 / Carl Vine.

by Carl Vine (1990)

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  • Library Availability: 786.2183/VIN 1 — Reference (not for loan) copy only
  • Instrumentation: Piano.
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Michael Kieran Harvey from the CD Tensile flame


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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

Commissioned by Sydney Dance Company with funds provided by Australia Council. Performing Arts Board.

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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