The first movement of the Violin Sonata was written as an assignment for a model composition class on sonata form. The other two movements were completed later on in 2004. I was playing through some Schubert piano sonatas, thinking how much I love to sight-read, and also that most of the repertoire feasible to sight-read was quite old. I decided to write a piece expressly for sight-reading, but how to accomplish this goal? Simple— use fewer notes. Violin Sonata, which only uses up to three voices— one for the violin, one for each of the pianist’s hands. Besides Schubert, I was inspired by the economy evident in Prokofiev’s under-appreciated late works, and in Copland’s early piano music.
Violin Sonata is in three movements, and is dedicated to my brother, Wells.
ListenTimo Andres: Violin Sonata: 1. Moderato
recorded live in Sudler Hall at Yale University, December, 2006
performers Mari‑e Takahashi, violin; Timo Andres, piano