Kirke Mechem

Composer

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sonata for piano

Three Movements
Duration: 15 minutes
Premiere: 1965 by William Corbett-Jones
San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Recording: Sonic Arts
Publisher: ECS, Framingham MA

The bravura, virtuoso sonata is dedicated to Mr. Corbett-Jones, who has played it on BBC and on tours to Europe and Asia.

audio

William Corbett-Jones

1 Allegro con brio

2 Lento

3 Allegro con brio

press

“ . . . an important work, rich in ideas, modern without exaggeration.”

— I Vradyni, Athens, Greece

“ . . . a work of vitality and fresh ideas. It brims over with energy . . . witty, insinuating rhythms with gusto. Full of beans, it was.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“The flavour is neo-Romantic, occasionally even Brahmsian in the powerful first movement, especially in two impressive passages over C-sharp pedals. The often delicate slow movement consists largely of interlacing two-part counterpoint with melodic lines formed out of superimposed triads.”

— Musical Times, London