Sat 21 Jul 2007
The Sonatina was composed in the summer of 2007, at the suggestion of violinist Max Huls, who premiered the work the following June with pianist Christine Clark. As the title suggests, its direct, neoclassical style incorporates familiar formal patterns. The first movement adopts the precepts of sonata form, and the Nocturne presents a languid tune that alternates with a hymn-like chorale. The final Scherzo is an incisive transformation of the second movement theme, and its “trio” section further transforms the tune into a rather mundane parlor waltz which gains character as it progresses.