My Piano Sonata has a long and varied history. I wrote the first movement in 1968, when I was eighteen. It was the first music I wrote in college at the North Carolina School of the Arts. I completely balked at writing another movement, however, and it just sat there unfinished. The summer after my senior year, after I had won but not started my position with the Phoenix Symphony, I wrote the last movement in Seattle, before moving to Phoenix. I wanted to combine it with the Introduction and Movement (1972) as the second movement and work all the movements into a concerto. But this did not materialize, and upon reexamination, the second movement did not seem to fit with the other two movements. I wrote another second movement in 1974 in Phoenix to complete the sonata in its final form.
Because the music was written at different times and places, each movement has a different approach. The first movement is a pretty standard Neo-classical sonata movement ala Hindemith. The last movement is a progressive rondo-type structure and similar on a large scale to the inner movements of my set of songs, Rain, Rain (1973). The second movement is a structure that I devised as similar to a crystal, growing from a small cell and then closing back up like a flower. The second and third movement stylistically predict the writing of City Music in 1974.
1. Allegro con brio (11′)
2. Adagio con rubato (5′)
3. Allegro con spirito (7′)