Greenbaum Sonata Project
This project, started in 2000, aims to create a substantial recital work for all major orchestral instruments, contributing new repertoire for professional and emerging artists. Most are accompanied by piano, though some are unaccompanied. Across the wind, brass, percussion and string families, this will comprise around 20 works with a typical duration of 20 – 25 minutes. The complete project will constitute a collected body of work of around 7 hours of music.

These works are not structured in Sonata Form in any conventional sense. The term sonata (in the literal meaning of a piece played) connects to an ongoing canon of large–scale recital works across three centuries. The 9 sonatas completed to date (as of 2016) push the boundaries of form, notably including minimalist architecture and the fusion of classical, modern and pop language. Some works are in 3 or 4 movements, but could be in a single extended movement or as many as 10 movements. Every new sonata is intended to consolidate established techniques and language but also to develop new ideas.

Some works are abstract but most are programmatically concerned with the planet Earth, our Solar System and the Universe. Taking scientific discovery as a starting point, the works imagine journeys in time and space. Voyages in relative isolation; strange, breathtaking destinations; the power of home-coming. These journeys are ultimately motivated by questions of identity; of who we are, where we came from, why we seek to explore the unfamiliar and how we might consider our contemporary lives.

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (2016)
duration: 23’
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Sonata for Trumpet and Piano (2015)
duration: 20’
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Sonata for Flute and Piano (2015)
duration: 22’
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Sonata for Oboe and Piano (2015)
duration: 21’
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Sonata for Trombone and Piano (2015)
duration: 21’
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Sonata for Guitar (2013)
duration: 22’
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Sonata for Piano, 4–Hands (2013)
duration: 20’
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Sonata for alto saxophone and piano (2002)
duration: 21’
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Sonata for violin and piano (2000)
duration: 24’
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