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Lenny Cavallaro - Sonata No. 1 in D Minor for Violin and Piano (or Harpsichord) Opus 4

Lenny Cavallaro - Sonata No. 1 in D Minor for Violin and Piano (or Harpsichord) Opus 4

This 2014 publication might well have been composed 300 years earlier, being a truly baroque sonata in four movements (slow-fast-slow-fast). The composer has adhered not only to the harmonic and structural idioms of the time, but also to many of the other "unwritten" conventions. The work invites a great deal of freedom, and even leaves room for some improvisation. In the third movement the violin enters on a long, held note - this pattern recurs throughout, and in some ways appears to echo similar long notes in Bach's B Minor Sonata. The last movement is a set of variations, though neither chaconne nor passacaglia - these are melodic, in the Italian manner, and clearly sound less baroque. The thematic material derives from the opening of Papageno's aria Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen from Mozart's Magic Flute, but transposed from F Major to D Minor. This sonata was premiered at the Lincoln Center by Bobby Portney and has subsequently been recorded by Sarah Darling and can be heard on YouTube:

Review: "This is an absolutely outstanding composition. A truly baroque sonata written by a contemporary .... what a relief and pleasure it is to hear some 'real' music composed by a modern-day  composer. It's a wonderful and sincere Sonata that deserves great exposure and attention from music lovers around the world." - Alexander Makov (Paganini Competition prize winner), New York, January 2014

Review: "It was truly an honor to present the world premier of this 'new' baroque sonata at Lincoln Center. It felt almost as though we were debuting the newly-found work of an 18th century composer." - Dr. Robert Portney, January 2014

Order Code B&D14601
Weight 0.10 kg
Media Sheet Music
Composer Lenny Cavallaro
Instrumentation Violin & Piano (or Harpsichord)
Difficulty Medium-Difficult
Series Simply Strings & Keyboard
Availability Shipped within 5 Days
Our price: £9.95 (US$12.54)
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