Cantilena (Violin Sonata) (print)


Violin and piano–3′

A gentle humming song to a strummed accompaniment, appropriate as an offertory or prelude.

Listen to Michael Sutton and John Jensen perform Cantilena:

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Cantilena, from violin sonata, Greetings and Farewell (1997)

Violin, piano
Duration: 3′
Score and part included.
Commissioned by The Schubert Club in honor of the Schubert Bicentennial in 1997.
Premiere: 1997 by Michael Sutton, violin; John Jensen, piano

Program note

Cantilena is the central movement of the violin sonata Greetings and Farewell, a violin sonata in five movements, which takes as its point of departure a key phrase of a beloved Schubert song, one used by Schubert himself in his Fantasy for violin and piano, “Sei mir gegrüßt”:

musical notation

The song doesn’t appear in the Cantilena, which is a gentle humming song to a strummed accompaniment. Greetings and a Farewell was written in 1997 on commission from The Schubert Club in celebration of the Schubert bicentennial. The work is dedicated to Nell Slater.

two-shot of smiling men for cantilena

DET and Michael Sutton at the premiere of Greetings and Farewell, 1997



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