Enter your username and password

Forgotten your username or password?

Your Shopping Cart

There are no items in your shopping cart.

Piano Sonata No. 2

Sheet Music: Score

Piano Sonata No. 2 : Desperate Acts / Colin Spiers.

by Colin Spiers (1992)

  • Purchase Price: $64.55 (Usually ships in 3-8 business days) — Add to Cart
    This sheet music is also available to purchase as a PDF download
  • Library Availability: 786.2183/SPI 4 — Available for loan
  • Instrumentation: Piano.
  • Digital Library -- View full score online

    Not a member? Become a member online and access the Digital Library immediately
  • Audio Sample

    Performance by Colin Spiers from the CD Sonata


Add to Cart

Usually ships in 3-8 business days

Shipping Info

Product details

This work is the second in a series of five single-movement piano sonatas that can be performed as a set in a recital lasting approximately two hours (including a twenty-minute interval). In this case the first three would be performed in the first half of the concert, while the final two would be performed in the second half. This aside, it should be noted that they can, of course, function as standalone works. The single-movement structure was inspired by the example of Scriabin's last five sonatas, although each approaches this in completely different ways.

The second sonata is a type of fractured sonata form comprising five thematic groups, which are, in turn, interrupted by a percussive toccata, a demonic scherzo/waltz an eerie nocturne and four interludes. This large mosaic structure is intended as a portrait of a person who fears that they are losing their sanity (hence the subtitle: "Desperate Acts"). It is dedicated to the memory of the composer's paternal grandfather Colin Gordon Spiers, who taught many generations of children as a school teacher in Brisbane.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score (51p. -- A4 (portrait))

Difficulty: Advanced

Duration: 18 mins

Dedication note: "To the memory of my grandfather, Colin Gordon Spiers (1899-1991)"

First performance by Colin Spiers — 1993. Nickson Room, University of Queensland.

Typeset edition.

This edition produced 24 Feb 20.

Related products

This work is also available in the following products:

Piano Sonata No. 2
Score [ePDF]: Piano Sonata No. 2 : Desperate Acts [eScore] / Colin Spiers.

CD: Sonata : music of the Australian composers Eric Gross, Colin Spiers, Ann Carr-Boyd, Robert Allworth.


- Browse other works for Solo Piano

- Browse other works by Colin Spiers

User reviews

Be the first to share your thoughts, opinions and insights about this item.

To post a comment please login