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Sonata for Two Violins "Intimus"

By Drago Kocakov

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Violin I, Violin II - Early Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Drago Kocakov. 20th Century. Score, Set of Parts. 41 pages. Published by Eternal Orpheus (S0.208055).

Item Number: S0.208055

Avant-garde sonata for two violins Intimus (meaning friend of confidence) was composed in 1951 by Croatian violinist, painter and economist Drago Kocakov (1908–1977). The originality of the Sonata Intimus is based on the breach of formal rules of harmony and counterpoint in order to achieve a balance between the two violins. Very eloquent composition of diverse atmospheres (elan, lyricism, melancholy, passion). Serenity and nostalgia wove the fragile texture of this work leaving no doubt the composer must have been a sympathetic soul. The score is extremely economic in material. The style can be best imagined compared to high-style Mid-century Deco in visual arts. Kocakov composed the sonata in Stubičke Toplice, a thermal medical resort in northern Croatia, where he was treated for neuropathy. Deteriorated health negatively influenced his playing abilities, and reflects in the easiness of the sonata in terms of technique. However, the sonata is an accomplished work, and its inner pensive dimension results with challenging content expression of which seeks a mature interpreter. The G6 is the highest note of the Sonata Intimus and appears only once, at the half of the duration of the composition, in the central (sub)movement Largo, wherein the music content both reaches its dramatic peak and the top of the 3 octave G major scale.

Sonata for Two Violins "Intimus"
Allegro Moderato
Andante Cantabile - Largo
Menuetto. Allegro
Allegro Vivace

Piece Style: Early 20th century, Avant-garde 

Average duration: 18 minutes

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