Liebermann Sonata Op 23 for Flute and Piano


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Liebermann Sonata Op 23 for Flute and Piano

Liebermann Sonata Op 23 for Flute and Piano

Publisher-Theodore Presser
Composer-Lowell Liebermann
Duration: 13:30


I Lento
II. Presto energico


This sonata was written in 1987 for the American flautist, Paula Robison as the result of a commission from the Spoleto Festival Chamber Music Series. The first performance took place at the 1988 Spoleto Festival by Robison and pianist Jean-Yves Thibodet.

The Sonata consists of two movements: a lyrical Lento and the second, a rondo-like ‘Presto Energico’ that requires the utmost virtuosity from both the flautist and pianist. The Sonata is a beloved, well-established work in the standard repertoire.

Lowell Liebermann

Lowell Liebermann (1961-) is a highly acclaimed American composer, known for over one hundred thirty works across various genres. His Sonata for Flute and Piano and Gargoyles for Piano have become standard repertoire, recorded over twenty times on CD.

He has received commissions from prestigious ensembles like the Philadelphia Orchestra, Emerson Quartet, and flautist Sir James Galway. The full-length ballet “Frankenstein” was jointly commissioned by London’s Royal Ballet and the San Francisco Ballet, and released on Blu-Ray and DVD.

Liebermann has composed two full-length operas: “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” the first American opera commissioned and premiered by l’Opéra de Monte-Carlo, and “Miss Lonelyhearts,” commissioned by the Juilliard School to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

He served as Composer-in-Residence for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan, among others. In 2012, he joined Mannes School of Music at the New School, founding the Mannes American Composers Ensemble and becoming the head of Mannes’s Composition Department in the following year.

Liebermann’s exceptional achievements earned him awards, including the Charles Ives Fellowship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, recognition from ASCAP and BMI, and a Grammy nomination. He won the inaugural Van Cliburn Invitational Composers Competition and received the Virgil Thomson Award for vocal composition in 2014.

Liebermann has written a number of incredible works for flute including concerti, sonatas, a soliloquy for solo flute, Air for flute and organ, an ‘Album for the young’ and a piccolo concerto.

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