Ives: Piano Sonata No. 2
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCRL150     Release Date: 2010-05-01

George Pappastavrou, piano; Bonnie Lichter, flute


Each movement of Charles Ives' Second Piano Sonata bears one of the names that made the village of Concord, Massachusetts famous during the mid-nineteenth century. The first, "Emerson," is a substantial sonata-form movement; the second movement bears the name "Hawthorne"—t is a fantastic scherzo. The third, "The Alcotts" is simple and religious; and the last, "Thoreau," is a kind of mystic reflection on man's identification of himself with nature.

The sonata is built on two motifs. One, epic in nature, consists of three repeated notes and a drop of a third to the fourth note—in other words, it is the opening motif of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. The second motif is lyrical and moves mostly in conjunct motion. There is usually some interweaving of the two, whenever they appear.

 


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Piano Sonata No. 2 ("Concord, Mass. 1840-1860"): I. Emerson
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Piano Sonata No. 2 ("Concord, Mass. 1840-1860"): II. Hawthorne
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Piano Sonata No. 2 ("Concord, Mass. 1840-1860"): III. The Alcotts
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Piano Sonata No. 2 ("Concord, Mass. 1840-1860"): IV. Thoreau
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