III: C'est la Vie

from Sonata for Violin and Piano by Thomas Little

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Literally "such is life," the movement opens with a cathartic violin cadenza—based on the piano's opening phrase in "Cri de Cœur"—that includes little flashes forward to later piano material. Once the movement properly starts, the violin follows rules of melodic motion derived from the measure before the titular lightning strike in "Coup de Foudre." The slowly moving yet largely syncopated violin line is a cantus firmus that soars above the more active piano part that fills in the constantly changing meters with wistful counterpoint. The movement—and thus piece—ends with a diatonic version of the violin's opening gesture in "Coup de Foudre," played in harmonics.

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from Sonata for Violin and Piano, released December 19, 2018

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Composer and pianist from North Carolina. YouTube's “Classical Nerd.” MFA candidate, Brandeis University. Occasional mushroom hunter.

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