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Julius Röntgen: Sonate in A minor for Solo Piano - Sheet Music



The first movement, Allegro molto e passionate, seems to be in a rather unconventional style for Röntgen. The composer emphasizes texture over melodic and harmonic inventiveness, and creates a real tour-de-force in the first movement. The work opens in the tonic key of A Minor with a brooding and undulating motif that Röntgen repeats before dealing a sudden dynamic explosion. The second movement is comprised of a set of variations based on what the composer terms an “Old Dutch” theme (Alt Hollandisch). After reaching a thunderous climax in Variation V, the movement gradually dissipates through expansively rolled chords to a tranquil close. The third movement, a short Tempo di Menuetto in the key of G Minor, is based on a seven-bar folk theme. The Finale embodies a churning flow and energy similar that that found in the final movement of Chopin’s Sonata No.3 in B Minor, Op.58. A long, lyrical second theme enters followed by a return of the first. An imitative section enters that builds into a massive restatement of the main theme. Eventually, Röntgen combines the two themes in a triumphant coda before the work comes to a dark and dramatic end with a broad statement of the main theme of first movement. 2017 Mark Anderson

The Sonata in A minor was never published and exists only in a copyist’s hand. As a companion to his recording project Mark Anderson has created a modern edition of the Sonata, which is available from Nimbus Publishing.

Julius Röntgen: Sonate in A minor for Solo Piano - Sheet Music