César Franck - Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano

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Young Pianist Festival, Amsterdam 20 november 2013
Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ

César Franck - Vioolsonate in A

Frederieke Saeijs (viool) / Nino Gvetadze (piano)


The Sonata in A major for Violin and Piano by César Franck is one of his best known compositions, and considered one of the finest sonatas for violin and piano ever written. It is an amalgam of his rich native harmonic language with the Classical traditions he valued highly, held together in a cyclic framework.

The Violin Sonata in A was written in 1886, when Franck was 63, as a wedding present for the 31-year-old violinist Eugène Ysaÿe. Twenty-eight years earlier, in 1858, Franck had promised a violin sonata for Cosima von Bülow. This never saw the light of day, but it has been speculated that whatever work Franck had done on that piece was put aside and eventually ended up in the sonata he wrote for Ysaÿe in 1886.
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