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Adams Byron Viola Sonata

Byron Adams

for viola and piano

  • Level: advanced
  • Duration: 20'
  • Genre: contemporary
  • Composed: 2010/11

Reference: VA31


  • Published: 2016
  • Publisher: Editions Bim
  • Movements:
    • I. Allegro appassionato (6')
    • II. Allegretto grazioso (4')
    • III. Adagio molto (6'30)
    • IV. Allegro risoluto (5'30)

Audio samples

III. Adagio
II. Allegretto grazioso
I. Allegro
IV. Allegro risoluto


Byron Adams

Byron Adams (*1955)

Byron Adams (b. 1955, Atlanta, Georgia, USA) is a composer, musicologist, and conductor. He was educated at Jacksonville University, the University of Southern California, and Cornell University, w... Read more

About Sonata

About the Sonata

I cast my Viola Sonata in four movements, deriving the thematic material of the entire sonata from the opening measures. The turbulent first movement is a variant of sonata form in which a new theme, a sinister trumpet-call that first appears in the piano, heralds the beginning of the development section. The second movement is a lilting siciliana. The third movement is a somber funeral procession above which the viola sings a lament. In the finale, a sonata rondo in which themes from previous movements are varied upon return, the music hurtles forward inexorably towards a brusque, dismissive final.

Byron Adams, autumn, 2015, Los Angeles, USA