Sonata for violin and cello op. 96
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Sonata for violin and cello op. 96

The 12 min Sonata in three movements was composed in April 2020. It is commissioned by Florent and Hélène Audibert to whom it is dedicated.
The first movement, with a duration of 4 min 30, is composed of a melodic theme, given to the cello and the violin (measure 1 to measure 8). It will then be developed in the form of five variations. The first variation (bars 9 to 17) is melodic. The second variation (measures 18 to 25) presents an ornate and expressive writing. The third variation (bars 26 to 42) is of melodic and modal character, in the medium high register of the two instruments. The fourth variation (measures 43 to 52) gives the theme developed on the violin, then on the cello, around a melodic writing with parallel sixts. Like the fifth variation, it is harmonic in character and concludes the movement in a serene atmos phere.
The second movement, with a duration of 2 min 45, is a scherzo trio. Lively and cheerful, nates between arco writing and pizza. The Trio (measure 15 to measure 32) is expressive and based on sixth and fifth or second chords. The return of the Scherzo at measure 33 will give rise to a terminal development.
The third movement, with a duration of 4 min 50, begins with a very expressive theme played on the cello, with accompaniment of tremolos on the violin. It will be developed until measure 34. An instrumental cadence, given to the cello (bars 35 to 40) concludes this first part. Measures 41 to 43 offer a transition to the high register of the two instruments. At measure 44, a second part is given, in lively writing and a lively tempo. The violin plays garlands of descending sixteenth notes, surrounded by pizzas, or loose notes on the cello. Between bars 59 and 67, it's the violin's turn, to hear an instrumental cadence, with a melodic character..
From bar 72, the return of the animated tempo presents the sixteenth notes on the cello, supported by the violin, in pizz. or detached notes. The Sonata conclude the in great brightness in the measures 85 to 87.


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