A Thematic Catalogue of My Works Part V: Sonatas, and Part VI: Suites
by, Jan-22-2012 at 09:01 (346 Views)
My next instalment of my catalogue of works will list all of my sonatas for various instruments (including my two so called "trio sonatas" which are basically just pieces for three instruments, not as in the baroque trio sonata). In this instalment I will also include the three suites I have written: one for two violins, one for 'cello and one for violin and guitar.
Sonatas for Piano
Piano sonata no. 1 in D minor (1st mvt February 2009, 2nd mvt added later in 2011)
Description: The first movement was written after a year and two months of composing without any sort of formal training from anyone else, so I was completely self-taught and it definitely shows in the piece. The second half of the development section drags on for a bit and the second half of the recapitulation is a bit more like a coda than anything else. This is probably actually the best piano sonata I have written when you include the second movement. The second movement was composed as an assignment on rondo form for school last year. I bent the rules a bit there and wrote a five minute movement in sonata-rondo form for the assignment (which is tonal to fit with the first movement.)
Piano Sonata no. 2 in C major (February 2009)
Description: This was a one movement sonata still following normal sonata form and all very classical and boring not much to say really.
Piano Sonata no. 3 in C major (September 2009)
Description: A two movement sonata. The second movement is a slowish/moderate theme and variations. Very typically classical sonata.
Sonatas for Violin
Violin Sonata no. 1 in G major (December 2008)
Description: This is a four movement sonata for violin and piano. Typical in structure to any sonata from the classical period but the addition of a scherzo between the second and last movements.
Violin Sonata no. 2 in G major (July 2009)
Description: This particular sonata is modelled after the solo violin sonatas by J.S. Bach. Although I didn't write a fugue as the second movement!
Sonatas for Guitar
MicroSonata (October 2011)
Duration: approx. 3'30"
Description: This is an extremely short sonata (hence the title "MicroSonata") in three movements for a partly prepared classical guitar. All movements are devoid from any bar lines to give the piece more of an improvisatory feel to it, but all the movements use traditional forms such as binary or ternary form and the last movement could easily be described as a scherzo. I will perform it in a concert at school sometime next year and upload a video of myself playing it so you can hear it.
Trio Sonata no. 1 (September 2010)
Instrumentation: Piccolo, Trumpet and Xylophone
Description: This was a very fun piece to write. It is in four movements and one might even describe it as a sonata da chiesa due to its slow-fast-slow-fast layout.
Trio Sonata no. 2 (March 2011)
Instrumentation: Vibraphone, 'Cello and Harpsichord
Description: Follows the same format as the first trio sonata. In this one I experimented more with complex rhythms and microtones.
Suite for two violins (January 2008)
Description: This is a very early work in three dance movements. Can't remember much about it so I'll leave it at that.
Cello Suite in F major (April 2009)
Description: This was modelled on the Bach 'cello suites. The movements are as follows: Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Minuets I and II, Gigue.
Suite for Violin and Guitar (November 2010)
Description: This could be described as a "neo-baroque" work as I have basically written a six movement baroque dance suite with a modern harmonic language.