THE LATE SONATAS
Andrew Rangell, Piano
The last five sonatas, like the last five string quartets which they anticipate, stand profoundly apart, as a group, from all before them. On a formal level, radical new features distinguish and define these works: new types and configuration of movements; exploration of alternating and overlapping segments within movements; a transfiguring synthesis of fugal and of variation forms with that of the sonata; and finally, a limit-extending reconstituting of the sonata form itself. On another level, that of language, strange wide-spread textures appear, new expressive varieties of trills, and most vitally, the clear and conscious predominance of a polyphonic fabric.
- Andrew Rangell © 1990
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