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Sonorities: The 20th Century Piano Sonata

Sonorities: The 20th Century Piano Sonata

  • By HEATHER TAVES
  • Release 2/08/2013
  • Media Format CD
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SONORITIES: The 20th Century Piano Sonata What could Russian romantic virtuoso Sergei Rachmaninoff, caught in the turmoil of 1913 just before his escape from Russia during World War I, have in common with American modernist composer Elliott Carter, contemplating the end of World War II in 1945-6? The answer is that each wrote a 42-page piano sonata, fascinatingly similar in technique, structure, and expression. Both introduce booming bass octaves in Bs, A sharps, or B flats, continue with scurrying sixteenth notes, then segue into a melody marked "Meno Mosso" (less movement). In both, a chordal slow movement, expanded with improvisatory passagework, breaks into a fiendishly difficult finale. The "great big sound" of these works, as Carter put it, is an exploration of bell-like sonorities. Motives in thirds are built into a panoramic soundscape. The music resounds with the turbulent clashes of twentieth century conflict, fought by similar rules but with very different conclusions reached.

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Title: Sonorities: The 20th Century Piano Sonata
Release Date: 2/08/2013
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 679444000060
Item #: 909566X
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