PIANO SONATA (2023)
Dedicated to American pianist Martin Perry, Aaron Robinson has recently finished his first sonata for piano. Drawing upon musical inspiration spanning centuries from within the State of Maine, its peoples, regions and natural formations and fauna, Robinson’s PIANO SONATA is a monumental work of sheer virtuosity, complex rhythm and harmonic brilliance. Comparable with Charles Ive’s PIANO SONATA No. 2 “Concord, Mass., 1840–60 ,” Samuel Barber’s PIANO SONATA No. 1, and the piano sonatas of Samuil Feinberg, Robinson’s PIANO SONATA utilizes several different forms of American piano literature writing including: theme and variation, 12-tone serial row, mimesis, jazz atonality, and musical symbolism. Consisting of four movements that feature prominent areas in Maine: Machigonne, Down East, Malaga Island and Katahdin, repeated musical themes and rhythmic patterns are interwoven throughout the sonata, bringing the entire work into one complete constant of powerful uniformity and graceful accord.
Stay tuned for the release of the musical score and future premiere performances of this work!