Sonata a Tre by Husa


Sonata a Tre was commissioned by the Verdehr Trio, in residence at Michigan State University. It was composed in Ithaca, New York during late 1981 and early 1982 and received its world premiere in Hong King in March, 1982. Written in three movements, the work features each performer in one movement. The violin opens in a solo preludium followed by a toccata-like conclusion. The second movement features the piano in a slow fantasia leading into elegiac music. The third movement begins with a clarinet cadenza and later the violin and piano join in a fast finale.

The title Sonata refers not to the "classical" meaning of the word sonata but rather to its earlier Baroque meaning. The music, however, is part of today's world as new possibilities of techniques (individual and collective) have been used and new sounds explored. Sonata a Tre is written in a virtuosic manner and, hopefully, for the excitement of solo and chamber music making. It is dedicated to the Verdehr Trio.


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