Sonata for double bass and piano op 52
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Double bass and piano
Sonate for double bass and piano op 52
The work which duration is 18 mn has been written during spring 2014.
It is composed of three movements and is dedicated to the double bassist Thierry Barbé who is also the commissioner.
The first movement is composed of two themes well distinct.
The first theme relies on the musical letters of the first name Thierry and is given by the left hand of the piano at the beginning of the work. This theme will be played again by the double bass then developed as a dialogue between the two instruments.
The second theme relies on soft chords given by the piano (measure 44 ), then will be given with melodic intervention of the double bass.
After the recapitulation of the two themes, the movement concludes in a dynamic atmosphere for introducing the second movement.
The second movement gets closer to the shape of a Scherzo-Trio.
The scherzo is composed of two themes. The first theme relies on the musical letters of the name of the double bassist Barbé. It is joyful with pizzicatos at the double bass. The second theme relies on an accompaniement of repeated notes at the piano with a melodic motif which comes from the first theme at the right hand of the piano. The double bass plays parallel fifths. The atmosphere is still dynamic.
The Trio is very expressive and emphasizes the sound of the double bass. It relies on large arpeggios given by the piano.
The two themes of the scherzo will be given again by inverse movement of the two instruments.
The third movement is composed of two parts :
The first part is very expressive and has a modal character and includes a Cadenza of the double bass which remembers the theme of the first movement.
The second part is lively and has a joyful character. It favours the dialogue between the two instruments.
The sonata concludes in a luminous atmosphere.
(c) Florentine Mulsant, 2012