Cobalt Sonata

John BloodGZ 146
Violin and Piano | Duration: 21 minutes

John Blood’s friendship with Michael Alexander, for whom this sonata was written, dates back to their music making in Secondary School and later, when they were both students, at the Royal Academy of Music. Michael was leader of the second violins in the Ulster Orchestra for many years and is still one of their principle players.

The sonata reflects the personal idiosyncrasies and memories, likes and dislikes, of such a long and rewarding friendship. The first movement is on a large scale, full of shifting moods and with an unsettling sense of urgency. This is followed by a deeply felt slow movement and the sonata finishes with an Armageddon Galop that has, amongst other things, idiotic Christian soldiers vying with Beethoven’s Prometheus as the human race dances gleefully towards its oblivion!

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  • I Animato
  • II In memoriam
  • III Armageddon Galop

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Sonata no. 2 for violin & piano

Elizabeth MaconchyGZ 090
Violin and Piano | Duration: 18 minutes


Elizabeth Maconchy’s second sonata for violin and piano was written in 1943 in arduous wartime circumstances. She had been evacuated in 1941 to Downton Castle in Shropshire with her husband William LeFanu and their infant daughter Anna. Recently recovered from tuberculosis, she was cut off from musical friends and family, and her mother and sister died in Switzerland during the war. Unsurprisingly, the second sonata is intensely serious, and is markedly different from her exuberant first sonata – which was written in 1927, when she was a student of Vaughan Williams. Its haunting, elegiac lines foreshadow her later work of the post-war years. Violinist Maria Lidka gave the first performance at the Wigmore Hall, London in May 1945, with pianist Antony Hopkins.

It is astonishing that Elizabeth Maconchy’s two sonatas for violin and piano have remained unpublished for so many years. Gonzaga Music is honoured to have been entrusted by her estate with their publication. It has been carefully prepared from the composer’s manuscripts by Gonzaga Music’s editorial director John Blood, with oversight by Nicola LeFanu (Maconchy’s daughter) and Giles Swayne (her cousin). We hope the publication of these sonatas, which were hitherto almost unknown, will introduce them to a wide musical public and enable them to take their place in the repertoire – while providing a foil to the series of thirteen string quartets for which Elizabeth Maconchy is so justly famous.

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Sonata 2 - WEB

  • I  Molto moderato
  • II  Allegro molto
  • III  Lento, quasi recitativo
  • IV  Presto

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Sonata no. 1 for violin & piano

Elizabeth MaconchyGZ 089
Violin and Piano | Duration: 18 minutes


Elizabeth Maconchy’s first sonata for violin and piano was written in 1927 when she was a twenty-year-old student at the Royal College of Music in London, where her composition teacher was Vaughan Williams. Although such an early work, it shows distinct individuality; its exuberance is markedly different from the darker tone of the second sonata – which was written in 1943 in arduous wartime circumstances. Even at this young age, Maconchy displays a personal and boldly modernist voice, and the interplay between the instruments already aspires to “passionate argument” – as she later characterised her music for string quartet. Her friend, violinist Anne Macnaghten, gave the first performance in 1932, with pianist Helen Perkins.

It is astonishing that Elizabeth Maconchy’s two sonatas for violin and piano have remained unpublished for so many years. Gonzaga Music is honoured to have been entrusted by her estate with their publication. It has been carefully prepared from the composer’s manuscripts by Gonzaga Music’s editorial director John Blood, with oversight by Nicola LeFanu (Maconchy’s daughter) and Giles Swayne (her cousin). We hope the publication of these sonatas, which were hitherto almost unknown, will introduce them to a wide musical public and enable them to take their place in the repertoire – while providing a foil to the series of thirteen string quartets for which Elizabeth Maconchy is so justly famous.

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CD available from Resonus Classics (www.resonusclassics.com): RES10271

Sonata 1 - WEB

  • I  Moderato
  • II  Allegro scherzando
  • III  Lento
  • IV  Toccata: Allegro molto

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Swan Lake Acts III & IV

Tchaikovsky arr. John BloodGZ 111
Piano Duet Duration: 1hour 10 minutes

A totally new arrangement, in two volumes, of the complete orchestral ballet score. Tchaikovsky’s amazing melodic and harmonic invention is heard with clarity in this skillful four hand arrangement. Great fun to play and a very welcome addition to the piano duet repertoire. Printed in landscape format with spiral binding.

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Swan Lake Acts I & II

Tchaikovsky arr. John BoodGZ 110
Piano duet | Duration: 1hour 10 minutes

A totally new arrangement, in two volumes, for piano duet of the complete orchestral ballet score. Tchaikovsky’s amazing melodic and harmonic invention is heard with clarity in this skillful four hand arrangement. Great fun to play and a very welcome addition to the piano duet repertoire. Printed in landscape format with spiral binding.

Web cover - Act I & II

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