This is the first movement of my Sonata for Banjo and Guitar. I composed the sonata back in 2012 and wanted to compose the first movement as a straightforward sonata form, so I did. There's a bright, frisky introduction followed by a slightly pensive, slightly impudent first theme in G minor. A brisk contrapuntal transition leads into theme 2, which is in B flat minor and is a transposed retrograde of the closing phrase of theme 1. The development features a tongue-in-cheek quotation of a Beethoven piano sonata taken up on the banjo. The recapitulation presents the themes in G major rather than G minor, another Beethovenian homage but more in the spirit of Haydn in a playful mood than of Beethoven.
Much thanks to Daniel Corr and Brett Parnell for performing and filming this piece. They did a fantastic job with it. I put the videos up on Christmas Eve since, with the slow central movement being a set of variations on a shape note hymn pertinent to the holiday season, it seemed a good time to post the videos.
This duo sonata is also a more recent addition to my large cycle of duo sonatas pairing the guitar up with woodwinds, strings and brass of which my Sonata for Tuba and Guitar and my Sonata for Ukulele and Guitar are also part.