Sonata No. 1

Sonata for Piano Sample Page

Instrumentation: Solo Piano

Duration: c. 8mins

Completed: 2020


My piano sonata (2019-20) was the culmination of a process which had dominated my work over the past few years. It came at the end of a progression of pieces dating back to 2017, in which I attempted to understand and develop my understanding of my subconscious intuition. Each of these pieces were built from a single theme/group of intervals, which I composed out from, almost entirely from beginning to end, allowing my intuition to freely guide the development of material. In the sonata, I decided to take this further by limiting myself to a single tempo and bar length… avoiding the use of any tuplet or note value shorter than a quaver, forcing me to find unusual ways to make the work rhythmically interesting. The goal was to write an extended piece of fast music that kept its momentum throughout.