Sonata for Cello and Piano
The cello sonata took some time to write, and there was a great number of ideas that had to be
structured to fit into the
general plan. Originally, the inclusion of a 4'th movement was a
possibility, but as the work progressed, the idea was dismissed.
The first movement starts with a cello solo, that includes part of the main theme. The general shape of the movement is loosely modelled over the traditional Sonata form, with a main theme, a side theme and the following development of these ideas. Second movement is fast, almost virtuoso, with an A B A structure, the middle section is slow and cantabile. The outer sections are written in various meters, 5/8, 6/8, 7/8 and so on. During the whole movement, the intensity is increasing, and goes all the way to the end.
The third movement is misterioso, improvisando, and deals with structures and harmonies in a different way. Some material from first and second movement reappears in a different setting. At the end, the pianist is asked to play broken chords directly on the grand piano strings using a plectrum, creating a harp/guitar broken cord effect, the harmony foundation for a high-pitched muted cello figure with repeated motes, improvisando-like, and this structure is taken up by the piano, and leads towards the end of the movement.
First performance took place at the Royal Danish Conservatory of Music in Copenhagen, the composer playing the cello and Therese Koppel Kampmann playing the piano.
The Finale music notation program simulations (that are used for most of the excerpts), are far from perfect. I could have used recordings from an actual performance, but the simulations provide a "neutral" interpretation, and together with the score, they give a fairly relevant picture of the music in question.