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Sonata No. 1

For Flute and Piano

By Eric Ewazen

Woodwinds flute, piano
For Flute and Piano. Composed by Eric Ewazen. Sws. Contemporary. Solo part with piano reduction. With Standard notation. Composed 2010. Duration 20 minutes. Theodore Presser Company #114-41442. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.114414420).

Item Number: PR.114414420

ISBN 9781598063523. 9 x 12 inches.

Composed for flutist Marya Martin, who has championed and recorded much of Ewazens elegant and attractive flute music, SONATA NO. 1 is cast in three movements in the grand romantic tradition. Program notes by Eric Ewazen are included, providing the composers own insights into his music. This work received its premiere at the 2011 NFA Convention, and has been recorded by Albany Records on the CD Marya Martin Plays Eric Ewazen (TROY 1271). For advanced players. Duration: 18.
PROGRAM NOTE Sonata No. 1 for Flute and Piano was written as a gift for Marya Martin in the fall of 2010. Having had the pleasure of numerous collaborations over the years with Marya involving premieres, performances and recordings, I was completely influenced by her lovely golden tone and her spectacular agility in composing this piece. The Sonata is in three movements, designed in the great tradition of late 19th century instrumental sonatas. The first movement is a swirling Allegro, tuneful and exciting, with the flute sweeping and soaring over a lilting piano accompaniment. The second movement explores the song-like quality that the flute so often possesses. I have written a great deal of vocal music which often influences the music I write for brass and woodwinds. A particular song I wrote for soprano Kathryn Porch, Flight of the Hummingbird, from my song cycle OF SEA AND STARS, was the inspiration for this movement, which displays a real appassionato feeling, as the flute and piano join together in rising dramatic gestures, before the music quietly disappears at the end. The final movement is a virtuosic display of exhilarating yet playful motives, highlighting the dazzling technical capabilities of the flute. It culminates in a heroic finale. The work was premiered at the National Flute Association Convention, held in Charlotte, NC in August 2011.

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  • March 30, 2015 Great Piece!

    I recommend this piece to any intermediate or advanced flutist! The phrases seem to just glide over the accompaniment. Such an incredibly beautiful and captivating piece.

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  • October 18, 2011 A Soaring Work of Art

    This sonata is one in which I feel like I am flying the entire time. The very lyrical lines are a staple in almost all of Ewazen's writing, and fits so beautifully in this piece. The piano accompaniment to the flute is just perfect, and with the swirling rhythms...

    and continuous flow of melodic lines, this Sonata is enrapturing for the audience as well! It's just a wonderfully written sonata!

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