- Piano Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 6
- Piano Sonata No. 2 in F major, Op. 10
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Gerhard Frommel: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-3 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
The piano sonatas Nos. 1-3 of Gerhard Frommel, a former professor of composition at the universities of Frankfurt-am-Main and Stuttgart, present three distinct aspects of tonal composition. This is not atonal music, strictly speaking, although Frommel is not shy about using dissonant chords. By the same token, as indicated in the liner notes, there is a clear influence from Hindemith and Stravinsky that is evident in the compositions. The sonatas are presented in reverse order, No. 3 (composed in 1940) presented first and No. 1 (composed in 1931) presented last. No. 3 is one piece presented in a single movement, and is the most contemporary sounding of the three – the harmonies are not quite set, and it is clear that this is not to be a piece of simple pretty music. The rhythmic changes are difficult for the pianist, but Ms. Blome handles them very well. Sonata No. 2 has a clear Stravinsky influence, at times dissonant, at times grotesquely humorous (the liner notes use the word clownish), with elements of jazz forms present as well. Again, the piece does not move evenly, but I found that the jazz lover in me enjoyed those resemblences. Sonata No. 1 is certainly my favorite of the three compositions. The 2nd movement is particularly lovely, and beautiful sonorities abound. The 3rd movement starts with a bright rhythmic sequence, and features some wonderful runs up and down the keyboard with bright harmonies ending the piece. The sonatas are played well by Ms. Blome, who certainly brings this music to life. As for the material itself, Sonata No. 3 was my least favorite, but I don’t tend to enjoy the more contemporary sounding works. The other two works I enjoyed quite a bit. This is good musical material to have in my collection, and I am pleased to have added it to my library.