Composed by William G. Harbinson
For flute and piano
Published by Alry Publications
A continuous work with three distinct movements, this is a major addition to the flute repertoire. It is powerful, melodic, and challenging. Perfect for recitals and competitions.
“Sonata for Flute and Piano is a continuous work with three distinct movements: “Quick and spirited”; “Slow and expressive”; and “Presto.” The movements conform to standard classical models. The spirited first movement exhibits sonata-allegro form. The principal motive of the sonata is introduced in the first two measures. It reappears in modified forms in each of the three movements. A brief introduction leads to the first theme area (measure 16). A quieter second theme appears at measure 30, and the development appears in measure 70. The recapitulation begins in measure 90 with the roles of the flute and piano reversed. The lyrical second movement lends excellent opportunities for expressive performance and interpretation. Ternary form is clearly present with the opening theme beginning in measure 144, the contrasting section in measure 158, and the varied restatement of the opening theme occuring at measure 176. The lively third movement begins with a modified statement of the sonata's principal motive. The final movement exhibits rondo form. The opening refrain utilizes rapid scale passages and leaping motives. The refrain reappears at measure 249 and again at measure 310. The contrasting second theme (measure 221) provides lyrical contrast between the refrains. It reappears in an ornamented variation at measure 280, again with the flute and piano roles reversed. A brief coda draws the work to a close.” — William G. Harbinson