Complete Works for Violin & Piano — Anthony Newman
My new third sonata is derived from a series of songs I have written over the years. Movement 1 is a kind of 'Fury' - a dance of the 18th c. The second and third movements are variations on piano preludes, and the last is filled with joy throughout. The first sonata features a 'jazzy' opening movement, followed by a solemn and grand second. The third movement is a large scale gigue.
In the 2nd sonata, I have chosen to portray characters from Tarot cards - something Francois Couperin did in the 18th c. The opening 'jester,' played by Cal Wiersma, is a variation on a blues tune called 'Franky and Johnny.' The 2nd is a somber harmonic study using background harmonies from Bach's prelude in G minor, WTC 11. The 'Chariot' is a terse but brilliant toccata, while the 'Wheel of Fortune' is a wild fugue with very close stretti.
The three movement work: Sinfonia, Variations and Toccata may be played by violin alone or with added cello and optional bells.
The sinfonia is a real baroque toccata with added Stravinsky modernisms. Although the variations are 'Berg like,' they have real tonal background.
The toccata starts with a 'catchy' tune and comes to a brilliant conclusion. The piano trio has become my most often heard chamber piece. The first movement is very 'French' in its influences, a kind of large sonata structure. The second set of variations on a quiet piano theme, and the last a fugal finale, brilliant and difficult to play.
Sonata #3 (Renee Jolles, violin)
- Presto 3:19
- Largo Espressivo 3:33
- Presto e staccato 1:48
- Finale 3:18
Sonata #1 (Yoon Kwon, violin)
- Allegro deciso 4:59
- Largo 5:19
- Fugue 3:02
Sonata #2 (On Tarot Figures, Cal Wiersma - 1st Mve, Renee Jolles - Mves 2-3-4)
- Totentanz 1:18
- Judgment - Largo 2:33
- The Chariot - Toccata 2:09
- Wheel of Fortune - Fugue 3:26
Suite for Violin, with Optional Cello and Percussion (Yoon Kwon, violin; Patrick Jee, cello; A. Newman, piano)
- Sinfonia - Allegro de Molto 3:03
- Variations 5:42
- Toccata - presto 2:38
Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello (Christina Cooper, cello; Renee Jolles, violin; A. Newman, piano)
- Allegro 10:25
- Variations 5:42
- Fugue 3 4:46