Sonata for Two Pianos (Stravinsky)

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Sonata for Two Pianos is a composition by Russian composer Igor Stravinsky, premiered in 1944 by Richard Johnson and Nadia Boulanger. First conceived as a solo work, Stravinsky needed to write it for four hands to voice all four melodic lines clearly.[1] It is considered one of Stravinsky's most important compositions for two solo pianos, together with Concerto for Two Pianos.

Structure[edit]

The sonata is in three movements, though one CD recording indexes the theme and four variations of the second movement separately.[2] However, it is in only three movements.[1]

  • I. Moderato
  • II. Theme with Variations
    • Theme
    • Variation I
    • Variation II
    • Variation III
    • Variation IV. Conclusion
  • III. Allegretto

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Richard Carpenter, "Stravinsky: Sonata for Two Pianos. Allmusic website (Accessed 10 October 2011).
  2. ^ Stravinsky: Music for Two Pianos: The Rite of Spring, Sonata, Concerto. Benjamin Frith and Peter Hill (pianos). Naxos 8.553386. Hong Kong: Naxos Records, 1996. Track listing on Naxos.com (Accessed 10 October 2011).]