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Piano Sonata No. 2

Sonata Notturna

By Lowell Liebermann

Piano Unaccompanied piano
Sonata Notturna. Composed by Lowell Liebermann. Solo part. With Standard notation. Opus 10. 16 pages. Duration 14 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #410-41293. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.410412930).

Item Number: PR.410412930

ISBN 1491109033.

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    James Elkins
    Williamstown, MA
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  • 2011-12-09 00:00:00.0 Traditional, but lovely

    Traditional, like most of Liebermann’s work. It owes parts and moods to Field, Chopin, Liszt, Fauré, Debussy, and Alkan, but it owes its most effective passages to Messiaen (measure 24 and parallel passages, in which triplet sixteenth-note figures in octaves frame quieter passages) and older composers like Scarlatti...

    and even Frescobaldi (measure 40 and parallel passages, which are simple canon-style counterpoints in unadorned quarter and half notes). The piece is a Liszt-style sonata in that it’s a continuous movement, with outbreaks of scherzo-style movements. It’s also a quasi-rondo form, because the initial nocturne theme returns in successively more intricate forms. The final appearance requires difficult counting: fifteen against six (measure 113). Other than that it’s easy to play for intermediate pianists.

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