M544 Week 10 (Week of October 24)

Barber (1910–1981) and George Walker (1922–2018)


Sonata for Piano, Op.26 (1949) [LINK TO SCORE]

Allegro energico  
Allegro vivace e leggero
Adagio mesto
Fuga: Allegro con spirito



Piano Sonata No. 1 (1953)
(Link in work name is to George Walker’s own recording)

Allegro energico
Theme and Six Variations
Allegro con brio

(Timelines are Natalie Hinderas)


James Fairleigh: “Serialism in Barber’s solo piano works”.  PQ 72, 1970 pp. 13–19
Terry, Monson and Walker: “An Interview with George Walker.” The Musical Quarterly, Autumn, 2000, Vol. 84, No. 3 (Autumn, 2000), pp. 372-388

Bartók (1881–1945)


Dance Suite (1925) [LINK TO SCORE]

I. Moderato
II. Allegro molto
III. Allegro vivace
IV. Molto tranquillo
V. Comodo
(VI.) Finale. Allegro


Piano Sonata, Sz.80 (1926) [LINK TO SCORE]

Allegro moderato
Sostenuto e pesante
Allegro molto



 Carl S. Leafstedt: “Review” Notes, Second Series, Vol. 52, No. 4 (Jun., 1996), pp. 1302-1308  (read for discussion of recent edition of the Dance Suite)

László Somfai: “Analytical Notes on Bartók’s Piano Year of 1926.” Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, T. 26, Fasc. 1/4 (1984), pp. 5-58 [note that only pages 40–48 are germane here, although the entire article is interesting] 

László Somfai: “The influence of peasant music on the finale of Bartók’s Piano Sonata” from Studies in musical sources and style:  essays in honor of Jan LaRue.  Madison, A-R Editions, 1990.  pp. 535–555