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S.Moroi: Piano Sonata Op.1 (1927, old 'No.2')

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Published on Mar 17, 2012

Saburo Moroi(1903-1977) is one of the neglected Japanese before-middle-war composer. He adred Beethoven, analyzed all 32 piano sonatas, and composed works which has well-constructed the German neo-classicalism style. After graduating from Tokyo university, he went Berlin(just Nazi's rule beginning) in from 1932 to 1934. Most of his works is the absolute music, for details three symphonies, three piano concertos, concertos for several instruments and piano sonatas.

This piano sonata was composed in 1927, soon after completing his first 'Piano Concerto F#'(I played its cadenza and coda in the first movement). It was written when he was self-educated of composition (a student at Tokyo Univ,) and managed the compositional group スルヤ(Suruya) , and it was premiered by the composer in December 1927, the first concert of Suruya, that gave him the perspective as the composer.

At first it was his second piano sonata, but after his return from Berlin he renewed his compositional list and got this sonata 'Piano Sonata without number(No.1 he gave one written when in Berlin)'. But on the other hand, this is one of the rare works given the new Op. and moreover got Op.1. It can be said that this work is the starting point of his compositional carrer and the first work reaching to the lever.

The first movement is fantastic and meditative serenade. The second movement(6:13), is slower serenade, more lyrical and 'Japanistic'. The latter part of this movement(11:14) is the study of Fuga, imitates Bach's equal temperament. It however can't continue owing to his inmatureness. The third movement(14:58), that continues without rest, is short, but pretty diabolic and virtuosic. it evokes me somehow Alkan(I play at the same speed of Le Preux). It is surprising in 1920s such virtuosic piano piece exited in Japan.

I think It's a shame of Japanese there's no complete recordings and even the performance of this important work. If you have please upload it.

諸井三郎 ピアノ・ソナタ Op.1(旧第2番 1927)

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