Mower, M :: Sonata for Piccolo & Piano

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  • Publisher
    Itchy Fingers Publications [48016833]
  • Orchestration
    pc, pn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
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Written in 2002, this highly acclaimed sonata by Mike Mower lasts 16 minutes and is a welcome addition to the repertoire of this often neglected instrument.

From the composer:

'Much of the past repertoire for solo piccolo has focused on the comedy aspect of this instrument, incorporating ear splitting shrieks and high bird like trills. All this is possible but there's much more to the piccolo than that. We all know about the power and razor-like possibilities of the top register but in its bottom register the piccolo can take on a charming woody, hollow and ethereal quality and the middle register can be commanding and assured without being being overpowering but also sweet and lyrical.

When writing the sonata I was very conscious of wanting to show the true potential of the piccolo whilst integrating an interesting piano part, but above all creating something which an audience might enjoy. I opted to use many jazz elements in the piece.

The first movement is a brisk 12/8 feel with the piccolo playing at the bottom of its register whilst being agile and fluid. This progresses to a jazzy groove section where much of the swing is implied by piccolo key slaps and the tapping of piano fingers. The movement concludes with a re-working of the first section, only at the end is the piccolo allowed to rise into the stratosphere.

Movement Two again concentrates on the lower end of the instrument with the piano taking the lead half way through in a quasi-improvised solo with lush jazz harmonies.

The last movement is a fast 'tour de force' for both instruments, the piano incorporates a walking bassline whilst the piccolo alternates with spiky phrases and flowing scalic passages. A lyrical break-down section leads back to the original feel.'

  • Publisher
    Itchy Fingers Publications [48016833]
  • Orchestration
    pc, pn
  • Includes CD or Audio Download
    No
  • Classification
    Not Applicable
  • Genre
    Undefined
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