Sonata for Piano No.4

on a purpose-selected tone row


1. Andantino semplice - Allegro ma non troppo - Allegro assai - Poco a poco decelerando al...Adagietto
2. Rondo. Adagio - Adagietto - Andante - Moderato - Allegro - Allegro molto - Presto molto - Prestissimo - Poco a poco decelerando al...Adagio

Date Duration Listen
24 November 2016 16'46" Realization (.MP3) Score (.PDF)
23.0 MB 228 KB

You might think that, having been trained as a pianist, I would be most comfortable and engaged writing keyboard music. Truth be told, however, I find the tone of the piano too easily given to percussive explosion; and the naturally-imposed limits on registration dictated by the ranges of the fingers frequently make a contrapuntalist feel as though composing in handcuffs. I am generally up for a challenge, however.

As has been my habit of late, the tonal centers in this piece follow the row itself: (1) C-E-G, and (2) A-G#-F#-D-B-A#-C#-D#-F.

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