The Sonata for Violoncello and Piano was composed during the spring and summer of 1997 in Hampton, Virginia for Steve Shumway, who is the late cellist-in-residence at Miami University. Performance of the movements in this work is attacca.
A pastoral first movement and an intense fifth movement have been composed in accordance with the ternary principle, while a fiery second movement has been configured as a single-movement sonata. The serene third movement has been cast in one-part form, while the playful fourth movement has been composed in two-part form.
Harvey J. Stokes
Duration of movements:
I. Moderato ca. 3′ 08″
II. Allegretto ca. 3′ 27″
III. Adagio-Andante ca. 5′ 28″
IV. Allegro ca. 8′ 40″
V. Presto ca. 3′ 42″
Total Duration: ca. 19′ 00″
This work is published by Seesaw/Subito Music of Verona, New Jersey.
Performed 3/15/98 by James Herbison, violoncello and Kyong Jarrell, piano in Norfolk, Va. at the Tidewater Chapter (now known as NACUSA-MA) of the National Association of Composers, USA conference, Norfolk, Virginia.