A revised version of the concert work for two pianos (see op.130)
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Instrumentation: 2 pianos
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Duration: 12:15
First Performance: The first performance took place on July 28th 1995 as part of a two-piano recital given by Wayne Marshall and Howard Blake at the Kings Lynn Festival.
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Whilst visiting his parents in Brighton in the summer of 1971 the composer sketched out this sonata as an exercise in traditional form for himself, failing at the time either to make a fair copy of it or perform it.(see 0p.130)

The work only came back into mind after meeting pianist Wayne Marshall in 1994, when they spent an evening jointly improvising on two concert grand pianos at the CBS studios in London. A rapport was born, they began rehearsing and searching out repertoire, and Blake discovered the sonata, writing it out and revising it. The piano writing is virtuosic and often percussive and there are four movements. The first is a dramatic Allegro, bristling with chromatic chords and cross-rhythms; the second a reflective Lento; the third a wryly witty Scherzo, and the fourth a Rondo full of energy and syncopation.

Related Works

'*SONATA FOR TWO PIANOS' op.130 (June 1971)
Concert work in four movements

Related Autobiography Chapters

'CHARTER FOR PEACE', 50 years of The United Nations in the presence of The Queen (1995)

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