Sonata - Cello and Piano

Catalog: EP73481

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The Sonata was commissioned in 1999 by Beryl Calver-Jones and Gerry Mattock, and is the second in a series of commissions reflecting their support for and encouragement of Sally Beamish's work. They asked her to create individual portraits of four friends: themselves and the first performers, the cellist Robert Irvine and the composer herself.

The first movement, dedicated to Gerry, takes a decisive theme and explores it in detail, with a ruminating quaver accompanying motive.

This leads to the second movement; a restless scherzo with a central section reflecting Sally Beamish's admiration of Thelonius Monk.

The third movement is for Beryl, and is a gentle pastorale, laced with birdsong.

The final movement, for Robert, is a set of variations, and shows its theme in different lights - playful, declamatory, virtuosic, expressive.

The Sonata was first performed by Robert Irvine and the composer on 20th May 2000 at Strathgarry House, Killiecrankie, Perthshire. It has also been recorded on the BIS label, with the same artists.

Table of Contents:
  • 1. Prelude
  • 2. Scherzo
  • 3. Ballad
  • 4. Variations
Publisher: Peters
Composer/Author: Beamish, Sally
Catalog Number: EP73481
Pages: 48