Elizabeth Maconchy

Elizabeth Maconchy (1907-1994), justly celebrated for her cycle of thirteen string quartets, also produced a large body of fine work in other media, including the two sonatas for violin and piano which Gonzaga Music is proud to publish. The first of these sonatas was written in 1927 when Maconchy was a student of Vaughan Williams at the Royal College of Music; the second followed in 1943, during World War II. Referring to chamber music, Maconchy wrote: “For me, the best music is an impassioned argument”. There could be no better description of these powerful works, which have been carefully edited by John Blood with input from Maconchy’s daughter, composer Nicola LeFanu.