MAURICE COLE (Pianoforte)
WINIFRED SMALL (Violin) FRANCK'S only Violin Sonata .is in four Movements, which have a certain amount of material in common. FIRST MOVEMENT. This' is not a long one.
After a few soft chords on the Piano, the Violin
' enters, and, supported by the' Piano, plays the First Main Tune. The opening bars of this
. constitute a ' Motto ' which, transformed, recurs in, or forms tho basis of various passages throughout the work. A brief climax occurs, then the Violin stops, and Piano alone plays the Second Main Tune, of some length. , The Violin eventually re-enters and the first tune is briefly developed. After the Violin has been silent for a few bars, the Recapitulation begins, both Tunes being repeated, only slightly modified. SECOND MOVEMENT (Quick). This is a turbulent
Movement. At the beginning, the Piano plays a passage' of rapid broken-up chords, with emphasized notes in the middle. This is the first Main Tune, and is repeated, with Violin doubling the notes which form the Tune. It is developed at somo until, after a momentary lull in the excitement, the Violin plays the Second Main Tune, a more lyrical picco of expression. This material is developed and recapitulated' in a rather free treatment of Sonata form. The THIRD MOVEMENT, varying in speed from moderate to very slow, is in very free style,' though by no means formless. It is in the naturo of a Fantasia, containing a good deal of declamation, in which the Violin is very prominent. The LAST MOVEMENT (Fairly swift) opens with a fine, sweeping Tune of great length, the whole of which is given out strictly ' in Canon ' -the Piano starting and the Violin following, copying the theme a bar behind, -right through the Tune. This is really the only Tuno out of which the Movement is made. There arc passages connecting it in thought with the other Movemonts. The Sonata ends with a splendid declamation (again ' in Canon ') of the chief Tune.
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