In this sonata, I started with the idea of an elegiac movement, wellsuited to the nature of the violoncello — expressive, sonorous, mellow and poignant, especially in the lower registers.
As the work progressed, I realised that, with variation, fugal (second movement) and serial techniques, it could develop into a longer and more complete work, with contrasting movements, including sections exploring the lighter, higher, registers of the ‘cello, but using its size and power to balance the stronger, florid, writing for the piano (in the fourth movement). Here, the long, expressive lines of the cello (except for some lively "excursions") contrast with fluidity of the piano part.
- Maestoso (06'25'')
- Fuga vivente (02'45'')
- Andante (04'02'')
- Vivace (04'00'')