Composer: Rautavaara, Einojuhani

Publisher: Fazer (Finland)

Edition: 1997


Sonata (1965/1968)
for bassoon and piano
by Einojuhani Rautavaara (b 1928)- Finnish composer


From the composer:

When bassoonist Emmanuel Elola asked me in 1965 to write him a piece, I was excited by the task and viewed it as a challenge. Three years later I returned to the piece and wrote a new version. At that time I was in the process of slowly recovering from an unavoidable phase of so-called "Experimental modernism". This can be seen, for example, int he monologue for bassoon multi-phonics which appears at the end of the first movement, itself a dialogue between the bassoon and piano. The work continues without a break with an Energico section, followed by a grotesquely romantic "Bacarolle" which complements the latter in the manner of a trio, and it is rounded off with a quick final section. All thus unfolds as a continuous narrative, since, looked at from one analytical perspective, the whole can be viewed as a set of variations based on the twelve-note row announced in the first few bars. Here, as elsewhere, however, a narrative perception of the piece, i/e/ one which follows the musical story being told, may be a more helpful way of approaching the piece for the listener.