Sonata for Violoncello and Pianocello, piano (2007)
I. Mysterious, transcendental II. Rhythmic, precise III. Flexible, soulful IV. Marcato
|Commission||David Finckel and Wu Han|
|Premiere||June 25, 2008; Aspen Music Festival; David Finckel, cello; Wu Han, piano|
Written for David Finckel and Wu Han who premiered the work at the Aspen Music Festival in the summer of 2008, my Cello Sonata consists of four contrasting movements. The piece is anchored by the slow first movement, the longest and most substantial of the piece. The second , scherzo-like movement is a study in constant motion and shifting accents. The third movement features the cello as a solo instrument with the piano simply providing faint echoes of the cello’s music. This movement grows in intensity and eventually accelerates directly into the last movement, which features frenetic syncopated dance-like rhythms shared and passed between piano and cello.