commentary to opus 56a

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Sonatine for Piano, op 56a (1975)

I. Allegro

II. Elegie beginning

III. Vivace


Duration: 7 Minutes

Publisher: N. Simrock Hamburg-London (Boosey & Hawkes) ED 3179 / ISMN M-2211-1129-6

Musicaphon M 55716

Bertold Hummel wrote his Sonatina for Piano op. 56a in summer 1975, during a holiday stay in Dorfgastein (Austria), for his piano-playing sons. Each movement is dominated by a prevalent interval – the Allegro, in classical sonata form, by the fifth, the song-like Elegy (A-B-A) by the fourth, and the Vivace, with its rondo traits, by the tritone. Although remaining strict in matters of form, Hummel once again shows himself in this light-hearted work as a “one playing with twelve tones” – as he liked to term himself.

Martin Hummel

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