Thursday, April 17, 2008

The Core Repertoire: Sonatas for Viola and Piano

Here is a list of the most commonly played sonatas for viola and piano. For more in-depth lists, check out the following links:




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Sonata In A Minor For Viola And Piano, D 821 (Arpeggione) - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com
Sonata In A Minor For Viola And Piano, D 821 (Arpeggione) By Franz Schubert (1797-1828), arranged by Ulrich Von Wrochem. D 821. Set of performance parts (includes separate pull-out viola part) for viola and piano. Urtext of the New Schubert Edition. Published by Baerenreiter-Ausgaben (German import). This sonata provides ample opportunities to bring the intimacy of the Schubertian lied into the arena of the sonata.
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Sonatas for Piano and Clarinet (or Viola) op. 120, 1 and 2 (Version for Viola) - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.comSonatas for Piano and Clarinet (or Viola) op. 120, 1 and 2 (Version for Viola) By Johannes Brahms (1833-1897), edited by Monica Steegmann. Collection and set of parts for Viola and piano. Urtext edition-paper bound. 71 pages. Published by G. Henle. Brahms' two late sonatas (originally for clarinet and piano) are two of the cornerstones of the viola and piano repertoire.
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Sonata By Rebecca Clarke. Arranged by Martha Schleifer. For Viola, Piano. Published by Hildegard. This late romantic work is truly one of the wonders of the viola and piano repertoire.
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Sonata in F, Op. 11, No. 4 (1919) - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com
Sonata in F, Op. 11, No. 4 (1919) Viola and Piano. By Paul Hindemith. Schott. Softcover. 36 pages. Published by Schott. This sonata (nicknamed "11/4") is much more romantic than Hindemith's later work, and is the most performed of his works for viola and piano. Highlights include the hybrid theme and variations form which straddles the last two movements.
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Sonata (Piano/Viola) - sheet music at www.sheetmusicplus.com
Sonata (Piano/Viola) By Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975). Op. 147. Viola solo single for viola solo and piano accompaniment. Published by G. Schirmer, Inc. Shostakovich's enigmatic last work, which requires a great deal of thought from both violist and pianist, especially in the building of longer musical gestures.
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