My VIOLIN SONATA NO. 3 was
one of those pieces that did not come easily. The first five
minutes or so came easy enough, but then I became very busy for many
weeks straight. When I returned to it, there was something about
it that was not the same. I did not return to it until about four
years and two other pieces later, when I was able to develop a better
large scale plan for the work.
The work plays as one
continuous piece, however, it is made up of five or six large
sections. The first and last sections are, for the most part,
wistful and nostalgic, and they form a balancing framework for the inner
sections. The second section is quite active and dramatic, forming
a contrast to the first section. At the center of the work is a
eerie slow section that boils over into a declamatory recitative.
This is followed by a very light hearted pizzicato scherzo, which also
takes a turn in the middle and becomes rather frantic and
emotional. But this then serves as a balance to the second
section, as the nostalgic music returns to close the work.
I had an opportunity in mind
for the performance of this work when I started it, but by the time I
got around to finishing it, that opportunity had long since
evaporated. At this point, it remains unperformed.