Piano sonata no. 2 (solo piano)
by Carl Vine (1997)
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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
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.
Duration: 21 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB Professional
Dedication note: Dedicated to 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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