Recorded on 04/16/2005, uploaded on 01/10/2009
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Moderato; II Chanson-Andante; III
Allegro non troppo
Mexican composer Manuel Maria Poncé's Sonata III
is at once dramatic, confrontational, and beautiful. Its three movements
comprise one of the most significant sonatas for the guitar of the 20th
Century. The 1st movement could be described as an unrelenting assault on
the listener, moving among bombast, humility, and serenity; the tension created
throughout the movement finally fades away just as suddenly as it began.
The 2nd movement is a song based on a Catalonian tune, and is a beautiful
release after the turmoil of the previous movement. The 3rd movement is a
rondo, the theme of which is heard at the outset of the piece.
Three episodes intersperse the rondo theme, before a final,
dramatic section of tremolo that carries the movement to a surprising end. James Baur
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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