La Montaine, J :: Sonata

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  • Composer
    La Montaine, J
  • Instrumentation
    Flute Alone
  • Publisher
    Broude Brothers [B.B.2011]
  • Orchestration
    fl
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
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Sonata

La Montaine, J

"John La Montaine, an American pianist and composer, is most well-known for his Piano Concerto In Time of War, which won the Pulitzer Prize in 1959. However, he also wrote many works for other instruments, including several for flute and even one sonata for piccolo. Dedicated to Paul Renzi, his friend and principal flutist of the San Francisco Symphony, La Montaine’s Sonata for Flute (1957) is a seminal work in the contemporary flute literature. This work is a unique addition to the program for several reasons. Unlike the three other pieces, which were written by European composers in the Baroque and Romantic eras, this piece was written by an American composer in the 1950s. While the others are accompanied by piano or strings, La Montaine’s work is unaccompanied,and even designed to sound improvisational at points. The piece consists of four movements, each with a unique character and discrete thematic material. Stylistically, the first and third movements are a pair, while the second and fourth make another pair. The first and third movements are slower and more contemplative, while the second and fourth are livelier and more eccentric. The first movement, titled Questioning, introduces a theme that evokes a feeling of searching for the answer to an unknown question. This is illustrated through call and-response motives, where the 'question' portrayed in this motivic material evolves throughout the movement before culminating in a more assured style at the end. The next movement, Jaunty, contrasts in character with the preceding movement. Centered around a more joyful, quick theme, this movement lightens the mood for the audience. Next, the third movement provides a return to the structure and style of the first movement. Titled Introspective, this movement evokes themes of inward-looking, with moments of both tension and tranquility throughout. Finally, the fourth movement, Rakish, acts as a quirkier, more visceral extension of the second movement. Melodic fragments from the first movement reappear in the final measures, providing a conclusive finish to the piece." - Olivia Stam, 2019

  • Composer
    La Montaine, J
  • Instrumentation
    Flute Alone
  • Publisher
    Broude Brothers [B.B.2011]
  • Orchestration
    fl
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined
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