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Piano Sonata 1988

for solo piano

Year:  1988   ·  Duration:  17m

Year:  1988
Duration:  17m

Composer:   Anthony Ritchie

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Anthony Ritchie: 1. Allegro...

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Anthony Ritchie: 2. Adagio,...

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Anthony Ritchie: 3. Allegro...

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Sample Score

Sample: First 2 pages of each movement.

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The sonata is in three contrasting movements. The first, an allegro, is in sonata form, and features nervous, darting ideas which become more animated in the middle section.

The second movement opens with a chorale-like theme, expressing feelings of nostalgia. The fidgety middle section builds up more tension, before being combined with the chorale theme.

The finale releases the tensions of the earlier movements, and has a happy, sunny character. Initially inspired by a Beethoven sonata, the rondo theme builds up to a big climax before ending quietly.

Dedication note

for Rosemary Miller Stott

Contents note

1. Allegro capriccioso
2. Adagio, mesto
3. Allegro moderato

Performance history

20 Sep 2009: Schemata

Premiered by Anthony Ritchie in September 1988

Performed by Tom McGrath