The Sonata for Viola and Piano was composed during 2000-2001 in Hampton, Virginia for Mary Harris, who is violist-in-residence at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Each movement is titled as follows: I. Jolt, II. Dirge, III. Pastorale, and IV. Frolic. The titles seek to indicate the character of the composed music. The second and third movements are performed attacca.
The total duration of the work is ca. 30 minutes.
Performed 4/5/01 by Britton Davidson, Viola, and Todd Westgate, piano in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the 2001 Southeastern Composers League Festival of New Music Conference.
Performed 2/14/02 by Wendy Mullen, viola, and Maria DeBacco, piano in Macon, Georgia at the 2002 Southeastern Composers League Festival of New Music Conference.
Performed 1/21/07 by Amadi Hummings, viola, and Lori Piitz, piano in Harrisonburg, Virginia.
Performed 2/11/07 by Amadi Hummings, viola, and Lori Piitz, piano in Harrisonburg, Virginia at the 27th Annual Contemporary Music Festival, School of Music, James Madison University.
This work is published by Seesaw/Subito Music of Verona, New Jersey.