Piano Sonata 2 "The Fire Sermon"
by Einojuhani Rautavaara
Piano Solo - Sheet Music

Item Number: 18714193
4.9 out of 5 Customer Rating
Order On Demand
  • Ships in 4 to 6 weeks

Taxes/VAT calculated at checkout.

Item Types
Musical Forms

SKU: FG.55009-183-2

Composed by Einojuhani Rautavaara. Published by Fennica Gehrman (FG.55009-183-2).

ISBN 979-0-55009-183-2.

Rautavaara's two piano sonatas share a close family resemblance. Both have a subtitle, but according to the composer they are not programme music. According to Rautavaara himself, the Second Piano Sonata, The Fire Sermon (1970), is simply associated with the words "fire sermon", with no reference intended to the section of the same name in T.S. Eliot's famous poem The Waste Land. Rautavaara's piano style is at its most sumptuous in the sonatas. It is characterized by chorale-like chord textures and rolling arpeggios, based on rich harmonies often built up of thirds; in the climaxes the music is crammed into dense clusters.