SONATA FOR SOLO VIOLIN
|by Christopher Fulkerson|
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This sonata was written in 1998. The Finale was written first, and intended as a separate piece; later I decided that other ideas I was having would work well with it. Sixteeen minutes long, its four movements are:
I. Adagio con molto intensita
I did not plan for it to be, but by the time this Sonata was shaping up it became clear that it is another homage to Bela Bartok (I have also written a String Quartet movement in homage to him), both in its ideas and its approach to the violin. In particular, the second movement was written with Bartok's "A Little Tipsy" in mind; here however, there is a dialogue between tipsiness and "maintaining;" the tipsy individual holds his own. The finale is a continuous accelerando, somewhat in the manner of Bartok's Third String Quartet.
The score is 17 pages long, in the composer's fair hand.