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Sonata 5 for piano : Full circle

by Don Kay (2008)

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Performance by Vanessa Sharman from the CD Bird chants

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Bird chants / Don Kay ; Vanessa Sharman: piano.

Library shelf no. CD 2129 [Not for loan]

Sonata 5 for piano


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Sonata 5 for piano : Full circle / Don Kay.

Library shelf no. 786.2183/KAY 6 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

This work, like my first piano sonata, is composed in the traditional three movements of fast, slow, fast and, as in my first sonata, has no break between the 2nd and 3rd movements. I've sub-titled the work full circle as it alludes to circling back to its beginning by virtue of some cross referencing between movements and concluding with brief quotes from the very openings of both the 2nd and 1st movements in that order. An alternative technique to suggest the circling idea could have involved structuring a complete palindrome, but this work's intuitive language rather lent itself more to allusion.
Quite early in the process of composing the finale, I spontaneously quoted the opening phrase of the harvest hymn Come, ye faithful people, come. I then realised this phrase sounded an appropriate, possibly recognisable symbol of positive assertion at that point, so, thereafter, included it in the general fabric of the material.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: Piano.

Duration: 18 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I - with a sense of urgency and instability -- II - calm and tender -- III - with lively anticipation.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Michael Kieran Harvey

Written for: Michael Kieran Harvey


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