John BloodGZ004
Piano | Grades 6-7 technical level | Duration: 6½ minutes

In three eminently playable movements: a zappy Allegro, a haunting Arioso, and a refreshingly exuberant Vivace. First performed on 19th June 1980 by John Blood in a recital for the British Music Society at Chelsea College, London.



“This is my first sighting of the Gonzaga Teaching Series, a collection whose ‘teaching as entertainment’ philosophy is underlined by companion titles advertised on the back cover (Ten Terrible Tunes, Vegetable Fiesta, and so on, reviewed in recent issues of MT). This Sonatina by John Blood (series co–composer with Giles Swayne) is equally diverting, being succinct (its three movements take just five–and–a–half minutes) and witty, testing out your interpretative skills in an idiom between, say, Kabalevsky and the Hindemith of the second sonata.. Pitched at Grades 6–7, it is effectively written and easier than it sounds (its stretches of a tenth may be circumvented) – with bitonal moments ready to tease any nervous grannies within earshot. It has waited a long time for publication since its premiere (1980), and I highly recommend it.”
Music Teacher

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