for violin and piano

Ronald Hannah
Ronald Hannah
Composition Date: 2016
Duration: 00:14:00
Genre: Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Violin


Instrumentation Set Number 1:
  • 1 x Piano
  • 1 x Violin
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Programme Note:
Several visits to Armenia have led inevitably to music pouring from me. A choral setting of an Armenian lullaby, incorporation of said lullaby into a Piano Trio, and an opera based on St. Gregory of Armenia was the result, as well as this Sonata for Violin and Piano. It is dedicated to the memory of Anahit Tsitsikian, a famous violinist and the mother of our hostess in Yerevan, Noune Shamakhian, herself a musician and scholar of renown. We learned through Noune of the terrible events of a century ago between Armenia and Turkey, and I felt the need to express my shock and sadness. When she asked me to write a sonata in her mother's memory, I was deeply honoured and it seemed a highly appropriate thing to do. So here it is, in my style of "dissonant pan-tonality", an effort to capture disparate feelings and impressions of Armenia in a tightly controlled musical form. I hope I have succeeded. Noune has also suggested I write a violin concerto. I cannot but compare myself in that case to the staggering concerto of Khatchaturian. Do I dare? Stay tuned...


  • Call Number:
  • MI 3211 H423son
  • Genre:
  • Strings (bowed), + Keyboard, Violin
  • Date of Acquisition:
  • February 14, 2017
  • Type:
  • Print-music, Published by CMC
  • Physical Description:
  • Score
    19 Pages
    Height: 30 cm
    Width: 23 cm
    Parts page count: 7
  • Additional Information:

  • Three movements

    Commissioned by: Noune Shamakhian and the Anahit Cultural Foundation, Yerevan, Armenia
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