Sonata da Chiesa for Viola and Organ
The present Sonata da Chiesa is fashioned after the 17th century model with its many short movements in contrasting tempi. The Sonata opens with a brooding recitative played on the viola in its lowest register. The organ enters with an allegro which introduces a dotted rhythm subsequently heard in both instruments. After an extended interplay the movement ends quietly, The hushed second movement is cast in the form of a baroque trio sonata movement. The two high voices (the right hand of the organ and the muted viola) play in the same register. The left hand of the organ provides a 4 note ostinato bass part. The third movment opens with an urgent toccata on full organ which alternates with soft high harmonics on the viola. This is followed by a serene and graceful aria. The dashing final movement, a jaunty and jocose rondo, drives to a brilliant conclusion. The viola part is edited by Patricia McCarty. Total duration with pauses: 16 minutes.