SONATA 46 for violin and classical guitar
*also available – version 2.0 for violin and harpsichord (or piano)
*also available – version 3.0 for flute and classical guitar

duration: 5 minutes

commissioned by Duo46

premiered by Duo46 (version 1.0) in Austin, Texas in February, 1999
premiere of version 3.0 performed September 14th, 2013 in Bologna, Italy by Duo Pisciali-Artunghi

I was attending music school as an undergraduate in 1996 at the University of Texas at Austin. At the time, Matthew Gould (of Duo 46) was attending as a Doctoral student in guitar and living in Austin with his partner, violinist Beth Schneider. They had started Duo 46 maybe a few years before this. I was hanging out with them a lot in those days – just going over to their apartment or whatever. One day, Matt said to me, “Hey man, why don’t you write us a piece?”, and I said, “Umm.. ok.”

At this point, I don’t think they expected much. They hadn’t had that many pieces written for them yet, and I was just starting as a composer, only in my second year of school. I decided I wanted to write something that would really show off what they could do technically and musically, and that would leave audiences breathless.

Not knowing how to begin, I lifted a line from a piece that I had just written – a solo flute piece titled “The Five Rings of Miyamoto Musashi”. That became the opening line of the piece. Then, inspired by the one movement sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti, I wrote the piece based on that line. The piece is full of things that I was just discovering and becoming influenced by at the time: baroque sonatas, renaissance lute music (hence the “lute” tuning of the guitar), the tangos of Piazzolla as well as the ever-present rock and heavy metal that has always been part of my music. Since Duo 46 premiered the piece in 1999, Sonata 46 has become one of my most frequently and widely performed pieces.

Purchase from BCP Music! Sonata 46 – Score

AUDIO: Sonata 46 – Matt Gould, classical guitar – Beth Illana Schneider-Gould, violin (Duo 46)

AUDIO: Sonata 46 – Tomasz Kandulski, classical guitar – Sandra Haniszewska, violin (Haniszewska-Kandulski Duo)

VIDEO:

Duo46 perform Sonata 46 live at the 2005 Guitar Foundation of America Convention in Oberlin, Ohio

The Han-Kan Duo perform Sonata 46 in Poland.

Duo Aqua perform Sonata 46 in Turkey

The Yule-Sowicz Duo perform the version for flute and guitar in London

Links to other performances of Sonata 46:
Duo 46 – Live in Calgary
Duo 46 – Live at the Kennedy Center


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PERFORMANCE HISTORY

06/13/2016 – London, England (version for gtr./fl.)

02/19/2016 – London, England (version for gtr./fl.)

09/14/2013 – Bologna, Italy, San Giacomo Festival (version for gtr./fl.)

05/23/2012 – Verona, Italy

04/29/2012 – Parma, Italy

04/16/2012 – Terre Haute, IN – Indiana State University

03/29/2012 – Québec, Canada – Université Laval

03/24/2012 – Szczecin, Poland

03/01/2012 – Terre Haute, IN – Indiana State University

02/11/2012 – Calgary, Alberta, Canada – University of Calgary

02/08/2012 – Grande-Prairie, Alberta, Canada – Grande-Prairie Regional College

02/05/2012 – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada – University of Saskatchewan

02/03/2012 – Edmonton, Alberta, Canada – Muttart Hall

9/30/2011 – Orzesze, Poland

8/23/2011 – Katowice, Poland

10/24/2008 Universidad de Playa Ancha, Chile

10/23/2008 Escuela Moderna de Musica, Chile

10/21/2008 Goethe Institut, Chile

10/18/2008 el Teatro regional del Maule, Chile

09/026/2008 Landesmusikacademie, Germany

09/25/2008 Vonderau Museum, Germany

04/05/2008 Calgary, Alberta, Canada

12/02/2007 02:00 PM – The Lilypad, Boston, MA

12/01/2007 08:00 PM – Arlington Street Church, Boston, MA

11/30/2007 08:00 PM – Seully Hall at Boston Conservatory

11/19/2007 07:30 PM – Laredo Community College

11/17/2007 07:30 PM – Katy Guitar Guild

11/16/2007 07:30 PM – Del Mar College

02/06/2006 08:00 PM – California State University – Fresno

02/03/2006 08:00 PM – University of California, Berkeley

10/24/2005 01:00 PM – Guitar Foundation of America International Guitar Competition, Oberlin, OH

08/27/2004 Styrian Chamber Music Festival, Graz, Austria

02/20/2004 Wellesley College

02/19/2004 Harvard University, Concerts in the Chapel Series

02/16/2004 Concerts on the Platte Series, University of Nebraska at Kearney

02/10/2004 University of Florida

02/08/2004 Florida East Coast Classical Guitar Society, Henegar Center for the Arts, Miami, FL

02/06/2004 Kennedy Center, Millenium Stage Series

06/05/2003 Inscriptions in the Sand International Arts and Culture Festival, Famagusta, Cyprus

01/20/2001 Eastern Mediterranean University, Famagusta, Cyprus

10/20/2000 Pera Sanat Gunleri, Istanbul, Turkey

03/25/2000 The Columbus Guitar Society, Capital University, Huntington Recital Hall

03/24/2000 Wyoming Fine Arts Center, Special performance on a 1703 Stradivarius violin

03/22/2000 Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA

07/22/1999 Cincinnati Public Library

07/17/1999 Dayton Classical Guitar Society, University of Dayton

04/11/1999 The University of Texas at Austin

02/27/1999 SCI Conference, The University of Texas at Austin, Jessen Auditorium

02/07/1999 Noonday Concert Series, Central Presbyterian Church

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