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Adams Byron Viola Sonata

Byron Adams


for viola and piano

Level: advanced
Duration: 20'


III. Adagio  III. Adagio

II. Allegretto grazioso  II. Allegretto grazioso

I. Allegro  I. Allegro

IV. Allegro risoluto  IV. Allegro risoluto


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About the Sonata

I cast my Viola Sonata in four movements, deriving the thematic material of the entire sonata from the opening measures. The turbulent first movement is a variant of sonata form in which a new theme, a sinister trumpet-call that first appears in the piano, heralds the beginning of the development section. The second movement is a lilting siciliana. The third movement is a somber funeral procession above which the viola sings a lament. In the finale, a sonata rondo in which themes from previous movements are varied upon return, the music hurtles forward inexorably towards a brusque, dismissive final.

Byron Adams, autumn, 2015, Los Angeles, USA

I. Allegro appassionato (6')
II. Allegretto grazioso (4')
III. Adagio molto (6'30)
IV. Allegro risoluto (5'30)
Editions Bim
Byron Adams

Byron Adams (*1955)

Byron Adams (b. 1955, Atlanta, Georgia, USA) is a composer, musicologist, and conductor. He was educated at Jacksonville University, the University of Southern California, and Cornell University, where he earned a doctoral degree studying composition with Karel Husa. Adams is a composer of tonal music with an inimitable style who employs... Read more