Glenn Stallcop       Composer, Performer

 

Sonata (1974)

for Solo Piano

3 Mvts., 27 Mins.

Sonata is available  here from American Composers Alliance .

Program Notes

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′)