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Composed in 1948, this compact three-movement sonata by Joanne Baker captures the flavors of the mid-20th century neo-classical style. Indeed, one might hear hints of contemporary composers such as Paul Hindemith, Paul Creston, or Walter Piston. 


Compositional elements throughout this work consist of quartal and quintal harmonies, bitonality, mixed meters, hemiola, and a juxtaposition of homophonic vs. polyphonic writing. Lyricism and immaculate clarity pervade the entire work, as well as a sense of motivic unity between movements.


All proceeds from the sale of this publication will go to support the Joanne Baker Piano Scholarship Fund established by the Women’s Committee at the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri - Kansas City.

Piano Sonata by Joanne Baker

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