Sonata for Violoncello

and Piano No.2
on a purpose-selected tone row


1. Andante tristamente - Allegro moderato....
2. Presto ma non tanto
3. Largo molto

Date Duration Listen
29 December 2013 32'50" Realization (.MP3) Score (.PDF)
45.0 MB 445 KB

Herewith extending profound apologies to all cellists - past, present, and future: my two sonatas now extant for this instrument must demonstrate conclusively that I have no business attempting to write for it. I would like to offer lyrical and compellingly dramatic periods like Beethoven, Mendelssohn or Brahms, but can only produce twisted skeins of variously combined serial permutations, it would seem. A more prideful artisan might point to the extra degree of difficulty involved in juggling entire tone rows simultaneously, but I prefer simply to hang my head and frankly admit incompetency with regret.

In any event, should anyone in the future happen to observe me drafting a sonata-allegro movement for any combination of instruments in 9/8 time, please - please, please - ask me what in Debussy's name I think I'm trying to do. Thanks in advance.

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