Recorded on 02/10/2010, uploaded on 06/15/2010
Musician's or Publisher's Notes
Moderato; II. Adagietto; III. Allegro moderato
Stravinsky began work on this Piano Sonata in the summer of 1924 and
finished it on October 21 of that year. This was not his first effort in the
genre, but its achievement greatly outstripped the composer's far less
rewarding first piano sonata from 1903-04.
Here, Stravinsky divulges qualities associated with
earlier musical periods, and the composer acknowledged a debt to Beethoven in
influence is most noticeable in the second movement, marked Adagietto, where
the melodic line flows, but gradually sprouts music with varying ornamentation.
The first and third movements are related in their use of thematic material:
the main theme from the first movement reappears in the coda of the finale. The
third movement may be closer to Baroque styles than the previous two; it is
muscular and lively, and features a two-part invention. Stravinsky himself
premiered the work in July, 1925. Einav Yarden
Courtesy of International Music Foundation.
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