commentary to opus 56a
Sonatine for Piano, op 56a (1975)
II. Elegie beginning
Duration: 7 Minutes
Publisher: N. Simrock Hamburg-London (Boosey & Hawkes) ED 3179 / ISMN M-2211-1129-6
Bertold Hummel wrote his Sonatina for Piano op. 56a in summer 1975, during a holiday stay in Dorfgastein (Austria), for his piano-playing sons. Each movement is dominated by a prevalent interval – the Allegro, in classical sonata form, by the fifth, the song-like Elegy (A-B-A) by the fourth, and the Vivace, with its rondo traits, by the tritone. Although remaining strict in matters of form, Hummel once again shows himself in this light-hearted work as a “one playing with twelve tones” – as he liked to term himself.