Sonata for Violoncello and Piano
(1973, rev. 2011)
by Ron Hannah

Duration: about 24 minutes

    This was my final project for Violet Archer when I was an undergraduate. Don't turn up your nose - student works can be quite good, and this one stands up well I think, having returned to it these many years later. It certainly is challenging, more so for the cello than for the piano, I think, since I wrote the piano part for myself to play (that being a requirement of the Music Department), and my pianistic skills are less than virtuosic.

    In style it is quite dissonant and heavily 12-tone influenced, though the last movement is a jaunty tarantella, and much more accessible. In fact, I have even re-worked this dance section into the last movement of my Flute Concerto, quite successfully I think. The second movement was written with the slow movement of Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez" in mind, while the first possesses a strength that truly impresses at its huge climactic moment.

    You can hear mp3s the performance given by Peter Rudolfi and myself at my graduating recital by sending me an email, see below. The playing on the live recording is spirited, and though the recording itself is not very good the essence comes through. The full score is available for download here (with the strict proviso that you inform me of any performances by email so I can keep this site up-to-date), and both score and cello part may be obtained through me, or through the Canadian Music Centre.

There have been a few other performances too, over the years. Click here to see them.