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Hindemith - Sonata for violin solo op.31 N2

Hindemith - Sonata for violin solo op.31 N2. You can download the PDF sheet music Hindemith - Sonata for violin solo op.31 N2 on this page. The Sonata for solo violin, Op. 31 No. 2, is one of a pair of solo sonatas composed in 1924: Hindemith gave it the title "It's such nice weather outside" as if suggesting the audience might be better occupied than listening to his music. This sonata was dedicated to Walter Caspar of the Amar Quartet, the sonata not only features the kind of angular, linear writing for which Hindemith is well known, but also enshrines much of the lyrical and expressive side of his personality. This although he had temporarily adopted an aesthetic bordering on the impersonal: note that the character-indications of the first three movements are given - as in many Hindemith works of this period - in terms of neutral descriptions of their principal units of duration: crotchets, quavers and so on.

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The first movement, in a form of a prelude, unfolds an elegantly-descending melodic line with a subsequent ascent: like a series of waves, resounds through the movement, terminated by a few pizzicato chords. The second movement is more fretful, with frequent dissonant double-stopping, an angular melodic line and ascents into the violin's extreme high register. The short third movement is a dance-like scherzo played entirely pizzicato. The sonata concludes with a set of five variations on a song "Sehnsucht nach dem Frühling". This is the most substantial movement of the sonata, and after a simple presentation of Mozart's theme, Hindemith immediately conceals it in elaborate swathes of dissonant harmonic implications and toccata-like rhythmic writing that take us far from the character of the original.
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