Piano sonata no. 1 (solo piano)
by Carl Vine (1990)
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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.
Duration: 18 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — AMEB Professional
Dedication note: Dedicated to Michael Kieran Harvey
First performance: by Michael Kieran Harvey — 23 Jun 91. Elm Street Hall, North Melbourne, Australia.
Awards & Prizes
|2002||Classical Music Awards - Instrumental Work of the Year||Winner||Carl Vine|
Piano Sonata (1990) First Movement
- In the form/style of: Sonatas
Performances of this work
8 Mar 2019: at Composing Noosa Festival (Noosa Arts Theatre).
7 Jul 2016: at Sydney International Piano Competition: preliminaries (Verbrugghen Hall).
20 Nov 14.
19 Nov 2014: at Brett Dean in Residence (Royal College of Music, London).
5 Oct 13: featuring Robbin Reza.
4 Oct 2013: at 2013 ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards (Iwaki Auditorium). Featuring Robbin Reza.
4 Jul 2013: at CACHE in POINT (The Red Rattler Theatre).
10 Sep 2012: at Australian National Piano Award 2012 (Eastbank Centre).
6 Jul 2011: at Jessica Zhu, piano (St Vedast alias Foster).
9 Jun 2011: at Australian Solo Piano Works (Alistair Mackerras Theatre).
9 Jun 11: Sydney Grammar School, NSW. Featuring Liam Viney.
23 Jun 91: Elm Street Hall, North Melbourne, Australia.. Featuring Michael Kieran Harvey.
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