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Piano Sonata

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Play the beginning of the first movement, Punchy, of the Piano Sonata.

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Play the beginning of the second movement, Mournfully, of the Piano Sonata.

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Play the beginning of the first movement, Exuberantly, of the Piano Sonata.

These recordings are from a live recording by Janalan Fischer.

 

 


Composer: David Heuser
Instrumentation: Piano
Year Composed: 2001
Duration: 17 minutes
Pages (score): 27 pages
Cost: Purchase: $10.00

Movements:
I. Punchy
II.Mournfully
III. Exuberantly

Premiere: Janalen Fischer, San Antonio, Texas, February 25, 2002


Program Notes:

The Piano Sonata was written over the period of a year, from the Fall of 2000 through the Fall of 2001. Although other works of mine reflect those unsettled times – a contested United States presidential election and the terrorist attacks of September 11 come first to mind – this work occupies a separate space, away from the everyday world. It was begun during a time when there was only ordinary news, and it was always intended as a work of absolute music.

Briefly, the first movement is mainly concerned with register and rhythmic syncopation and play. The second movement, which was written first, also plays with register, but is primary focused on melody. The last movement, Exuberantly, was conceived as a defiant response to the events of the Fall of 2001. Formally this is an ordinary rondo (ABABA), but the opening chord keeps returning, obsessively, creating a “super-rondo” where the refrain occurs at least 14 times.

The Piano Sonata is dedicated to all of the wonderful pianists who, at one time or another, have made my music part of their repertoire. First and foremost is James Lowe, who was there at the beginning and is still premiering new works; but my thanks also to Leslie Cook, Patrice Donald, Larry Axlerod, Janalen Fischer, and Carolyn True. My deepest gratitude goes to all of them.


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