Instrumentation: Violin and Piano

Composed: 1985

Premiere: The City University of New York. Canadian Premiere: Winnipeg Art Gallery (NAME Concert Series)

Program Note:

My compositional style evolved quickly once I began working with George Perle in New York. The Sonata #1 marked a broadening of the highly controlled emotion content of my earlier works. Its three movements are subtitled The Penitent, Hymn and Sacramental Dance. These titles are not programmatic, but are meant to characterize my attempt to reconcile the great classical tradition with the music of our time.

JUNO nomination: Classical Composition of the Year (1990)

First Prize – Music Inter Alia Competition

Sonata 1 Excerpt