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Richard Lane (1933-2004)
On September 3, 2004, a police patrol intercepted a convertible Ford Mustang that was zigzagging out of control.
Richard Lane had just left Cape Cod, where he spent his summers composing, and suffered a stroke while driving back to his home in Paterson, New Jersey. He was urgently taken to Newark University Hospital, but nine days later, he passed away, leaving behind a rich legacy of over 500...
About Sonata 1
Sonata 1 for violin and piano was written in 1964 for Lane’s friend, Isabelle Wegmann (1907-1997), renowned concert violinist and violin pedagogue. Lane and Wegmann were life-long friends and musical collaborators. Like Lane, Wegmann also studied at the Eastman School of Music, although much earlier than him, and she eventually transferred to The Juilliard School, from where she ultimately graduated. Wegmann was an active soloist, chamber, orchestral musician and successful violin pedagogue.
In total, Lane composed eleven pieces for solo violin, covering the pedagogical, community and professional levels. Four pieces were composed for the pedagogical level: Waltz (1972); A Song for Sally (1975); Serenade (1985) and Summer Song (2004), followed by his only community level piece, A Klezmer Tune (??), and six pieces for violin at professional level, beginning with one of his earlier pieces, This Particular Spring (1956), which was followed by Suite (1960), Sonata 1-3 (1964,1979, 2003), and Elegy (1989).
- Editions Bim
- I. Allegro moderato (4')
II. Adagio (4')
III. Allegro molto (4')