Monday, February 07, 2005

Hindemith Violin Sonata in E Flat, Op 11 Frisch

The piece begins with the piano part playing staccato fifths moving upward in thirds. Then the violin takes the fifths and expands further into the piece. This first A section gives me a feeling of a fight, but not physical. More of an internal fight one would have with oneself and containing more emotion. There are feelings or confusion and ideas (notes) being tossed back and forth with the jumping staccato fifths. There are brief moments of relief in the violin part where you think the tension has been broken, but the fifths jump in to bring the state of confusion and internal argument back in.
Now, the piece moves on to the point where I feel like the fight lost all momentum and is very legato, and lazy. The violin carries a very beautiful and flowing melody, which makes you think all is well, and solved. This spot is really just a time of self reflection. Trying to see if the right thing is going to succeed. Then the violin is alone and starts playing little dissonant phrases to bring confusion into the piece again. The piano responds with angry, forte, staccato rhythms building until the climax. From this point the song slowly begins to sound like little pieces are falling off of it because it change in register and dynamics. The piece is melts down to what you think is finally the end, but a strict break from section B throws the piece back into the on going fight. Moments of success carry through on the violin while defeat is played more from the piano.

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