George Walker

Piano Sonata no. 2

    My Piano Sonata No. 2 was composed as a dissertation for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree which I received from the Eastman School of Music in 1956.  The theoretical premise underlying its structure is the consistant project of third relationships.  The theme of the first movement is reflected in the ground bass upon which six variations are built.  The second movement, a brief scherzo, is followed by a monothematic slow movement.  The fourth movement, in sonatina form, ends with a coda derived from the theme of the first movement.