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This work is dedicated to the composer's piano teacher, Rosemary Miller Stott. It 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.
Piano Sonata 1988 was written when the composer was Mozart Fellow at the University of Otago.
For Rosemary Stott
1. Allegro capriccioso
2. Adagio, mesto
3. Allegro moderato
20 Sep 2009: Schemata
Premiered by Anthony Ritchie in September 1988
Performed by Tom McGrath