Piano Sonata

for solo piano

Brian Inglis

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Composer Brian Inglis



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ca. 10'

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Catalogue ID ce-bi1ps1


The origins of this sonata go back to my undergraduate studies at Durham University, where I began the work in 1990 under the supervision of Roger Redgate. As other compositional projects and priorities developed, the sketches were put to one side and only intermittently revisited. A request for a work of some substance from Gabriel Keen, for a recital in the British Music Information Centre’s series at St Cyprian’s, provided the impetus needed for me to complete the work. It was finished on the 4th December 2002.

‘[Inglis’] piano sonata is well described in the accompanying programme note. The first movement is “a kaleidoscopic montage of different ideas before settling down into a more lyrical theme”, in the second Inglis mentions “a pointillistic development” very much so, with sprightly staccato playing and then in the finale “a toccata-like quasi-cadenza” brings back the energetic spirit of the opening movement. (Alan Cooper, British Music E-News, February 2019)

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