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Sonata : for flute and guitar

by Richard Charlton (2005)

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Work Overview

Calling a piece a 'Sonata' in this day & age opens it up to so much comparison & pre-defined thinking that I hesitated to name it such, even though it seemed sensible, as there was no extra-musical impetus to its creation.

The first movement exhibits the "sonata structure" but its two themes, though contrasted, stem from the same rhythmic cell. The second movement is basically a song or cantilena and uses some of the darker qualities of the flute's lower register when the guitar introduces its central theme. The last movement, as was common with many sonatas, is in "rondo form" but the subject is in 7/8 giving it a slightly ungainly folk-like feel especially in its last minute 'key changes' at the end.

Work Details

Year: 2005

Instrumentation: Flute, guitar.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Contents note: 1. Allegro, meno mosso -- 2. Andante espressivo -- 3. Allego animato.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Carol Hohauser, Matthew Marshall

Commission note: Commissioned by Matthew Marshall for performance by Matthew Marshall, Carol Hohauser.

First performance: by Matthew Marshall, Carol Hohauser — 11 Jul 05. 6th Shell Darwin International Guitar Festival, Wesleyan Church, Darwin Botanic Gardens


Performances of this work

21 Oct 2015: at Viva Richard Charlton (Elder Hall).

5 Nov 2011: at Guivio Duo (Benledi House). Featuring Giuseppe Zangari, Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich.

6 Apr 2011: at Guivio Duo (St James' Church (King Street)). Featuring Giuseppe Zangari, Victoria Jacono-Gilmovich.

11 Jul 05: 6th Shell Darwin International Guitar Festival, Wesleyan Church, Darwin Botanic Gardens. Featuring Carol Hohauser, Matthew Marshall.

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