SONATINA No.2, for piano, Op.18
About this work
This neoclassical sonatina is mainly a tribute to the melodic ingenuity and playfulness of Mozart and Schubert, albeit with a very modern harmonic bent.
The first movement, in sonata form, opens with 2 themes derived from the same melodic cell. One is placid and song-like, while the other is strident and playful. The themes are developed until a loud climax is reached, and a recapitulation (starting on the wrong key) ensues.
The second movement, in ternary form, opens with a quiet theme surrounded by mystery. A central section, based on different material, reaches a climax before the return of the opening theme.
The third movement, in rondo form (with 2 episodes), opens with a playful theme in tarantella style. The first episode is syncopated and mysterious, while the second episode (in 5/8) is driven and motoric. The whole piece ends with an exhilarating coda.
This piece was written in Summer 2022.
Total duration: ca. 10′ 40″