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Title: Sonata

Composer: Sergi Casanelles

Instrumentation: Solo Violin

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This sonata was written in Barcelona for the recital of the Master´s degree which Joan Plana was studying in Cleveland. The geographical separation forced us to exchange many e-mails on the interpretation of the piece.  The notes that follow are a compilation of this correspondence.

Notes for the performance of the Sonata for solo violin

    To set about writing a composition for a solo instrument involves, in my case, thinking about a piece where this individuality can be emphasized and developed. The improvised cadences of the concerti for solo instruments of the so-called classical period are examples of this will to feature such individuality.  Nowadays, improvisation is somewhat separated from performance, and this is why there is a need to reinforce this individuality without forcing performers to resort to an improvisation technique they are not used to.
This is not a handicap, but rather a simple consequence of the present time, which leads us to consider other forms of interaction between the soloist and the piece. Regarding this Sonata, I have taken this interaction as the culmination of the creative process. If we looked at this process in layers, the performer would provide the final layer, without having to master improvisation technique. This is why there are many elements in this piece that are presented as open, suggesting that different interpretations can take place. Likewise, the character indications of each of the pieces require the performer’s personal touch to transmit them.
Despite the absence of improvisation, it can be said that in many places the writing intends to simulate an “improvisation” style. At the same time, the writing together with the above comments, intends to achieve the most natural approach possible to the music written in this sonata.

I – Prelude-Toccata  “A citizen’s routine”
II – Christmas Melodies
III – Capriccio after “the flight of bumblee-bee”
IV – Chaconne
V – Finale : Dances in a Rondo form