Piano Sonata (Inspired by Beethoven)
Piano Sonata (Inspired by Beethoven), My New Beginning - Part I is a compelling blend of musical tradition with newer developments. The work was inspired by the first movement of Beethoven's "Waldstein" Sonata, Op. 53. Even though there are no direct quotes of Beethoven's music in the Sonata, it is influenced by Beethoven's use of form and the sonority of the piano. The composition is written in a big, orchestral style and projects the full range and sound of the piano. The Sonata is dedicated to the Steinway artist, Susan Merdinger, who premiered the work in November 2018 and is about to release a CD with the Sonata in 2019. Below is an audio recording of Ms. Merdinger's performance in Encinitas, California, which was the West Coast Premiere.