Avner Dorman’s Violin Sonata
was premiered on February 1, 2004, at Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall by Lauren Basney and Eliran Avni. Since then, the piece has been performed by almost a dozen violin and piano duos in the US, Europe, and Israel, and was awarded the top prize at the Asian Composers League Festival of 2004.
Although my violin sonata is an abstract piece, its main dramatic conflict can be described as the struggle between restraint and uncontrolled rage. The piece is based on a single lyrical melody which is reminiscent of the late romantic style - although it is never presented in a traditional manner. The piece begins quietly, like a singer trying to sing but caught up in her own tears. At a crucial point in the piece the restrained silence is broken, unleashing a savage presto. The piece then returns to the unspoken restraint of the opening.