Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano (2004)
for Violin and Piano
Ostap Shutko, violin; Natalia Tolmacheva, piano
Duration: 12 min.
Dedication: for Ostap Shutko
Commission: Commissioned for Ostap Shutko
Publisher: Lauren Keiser Music Publishing
Performance materials available from the publisher.
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Piano (2004) was commissioned for and is dedicated to the superb Ukranian violinist Ostap Shutko. The work is in three movements—two outer movements of intensity surrounding a respite in the middle movement.
The first movement, Arias, begins with a cantilena sung by the violin over a piano part built on a five note theme in the bass. A middle section emerges where the piano presents a sense of otherworldly resonance (with the pedal depressed for extended periods) over which the violin transforms fragments of the well-known Advent plainchant, Veni, Veni Emmanuel. The final section returns to the texture of the opening cantilena, followed by a brief coda which recalls the plainchant.
The second movement, Interlude, is a song without words. It is a moment of repose—or a recollection of a different time.
The third movement, Fantasy, begins with a dramatic and declamatory section. Fast and somewhat jumpy music follows which builds to a seemingly grand climax. The fast music returns but tapers off suddenly. After a brief reprise of the opening declamatory music, the violin begins a desolate downward melody before fixating on a single note—seeking a repose which seems distant and unattainable. The piano eventually provides a conclusion.