Sapp: Piano Sonatas I–IV

Series: American Music  Publisher: A-R Editions
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Allen Sapp
Piano Sonatas I–IV

Edited by Alan Green

A090 Sapp: Piano Sonatas I–IV
978-1-9872-0765-1 Full Score (2021) 9x12, x + 88 pp.
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This volume presents a critical edition of Allen Sapp’s four earliest piano sonatas, the first written at just age nineteen while he was a student of Walter Piston at Harvard in 1941. Piano Sonatas II, III, and IV were completed while Sapp was on sabbatical from Harvard and living in Rome in 1957. The three Roman piano sonatas are remarkable in that they were composed using serial procedures, yet they were intentionally written to have strong tonal centers (especially the third sonata). Irving Fine, who gave the premiere performance of Piano Sonata I, composed an ossia of a passage in the second movement, which is included in the edition.
Piano Sonata I
I. Andante
II. Allegro
Piano Sonata II
I. Larghetto
II. Allegro molto
III. Andantino
IV. Allegro
Piano Sonata III
I. Allegro molto
II. Adagio
III. Agitato
Piano Sonata IV
I. Decisively
II. Slowly
III. Theme and Variations: Fluently
Alan Green is Professor and Head of the Ohio State University Music and Dance Library. He is the author of Allen Sapp: A Bio-Bibliography (Greenwood Press, 1996), and was executive producer for a CD titled Allen Sapp (Composers Recordings, Inc., 1998, now in the New World Records catalog), which contains three orchestral works performed by the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra conducted by Keith Lockhart.