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|Work Title||Violin Sonata No.2|
|Alternative. Title||for Violin and Piano|
|Composer||Sydeman, William Jay|
|I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No.||IWS 35|
|Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp.||1984|
|Average DurationAvg. Duration||9 minutes|
|Composer Time PeriodComp. Period||Modern|
The 1984 Sonata hearkens back somewhat to Hindemith in the first movement. It is lyrical in a vigorous sort of way, or perhaps vigorous in a lyrical sort of way. Take your pick! The second movement is intense and introspective ... one of the loveliest works (I believe) I have written, while the third has a Stravinsky-an sort of high energy, rhythmic feel, and even pan-diatonic tonal language.
I cannot recall whom I wrote this work for (over 25 years ago), but judging from the more familiar style that it is written in and also from the fact that I had become a minor violist (attending chamber music workshops and such), I have to assume it might have been written for a dedicated amateur. I am somewhat proud to have written a series of works that are not hugely demanding technically and could add to the repertoire of enthusiastic string players. This actually was quite a large focus of my composing during the ‘eighties, and I have come to understood that technical demands do not necessarily create a more profound musical experience... often quite the opposite. So this body of work may ultimately fill an important niche in the repertoire. I hope so.
– W. Jay Sydeman