My Sonata II is
both my best, and my most difficult composition. It
is the third work in my long term plan to compose
Three Sonatas and Three Partitas for solo mandolin,
and consists of three movements:
It took 5 years to write this 15 minutes of music, and the Fugue was as exhausting to write as it is to play. It is all based on a short motif that is developed extensively, like my first Sonata, but is technically more difficult. It uses only traditional techniques, especially the intricate picking patterns of the 18th century virtuosos, but in new combinations and with meter changes. Much of the Toccata is in 11/16, while the Andante is mostly quarter notes, depending on the harmonies to build intensity. The Fugue subject is related to Bach's G minor violin fugue, but derived from the same theme as the Toccata. Once again, I have used the B A C H motif as a counter theme, as well as the chorale tune, Ein' feste Burg ist unser Gott.
I gave the first
performance of the Toccata on May 18, 1987
at Georgetown University, and of the completed Sonata
on June 13, 1989 at the Levine School of Music, both
in Washington, DC.
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score is not yet available, but the price has been
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out as soon as it has been printed.
Catalog # NGP 1001