STYLISTIC INTERPRETATION AND PERFORMANCE ISSUES IN OTTORINO RESPIGHI’S VIOLIN SONATA IN B MINOR
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This study evaluates the compositional style of Respighi’s Violin Sonata in B Minor (1917) based on existing scholarly writings and my own analysis, with the purpose of offering informed performance suggestions. Issues of stylistic interpretation and technical preparation are covered for each movement of the work. In addition, historical backgrounds on the composer and the sonata are provided, focusing on the events and compositional influences surrounding the conception of the work. The study discusses the stylistic influences of Baroque music, the Romantic period, impressionism, and Respighi’s orchestral music. Performance suggestions are provided on the topics of sound production, vibrato, articulation, and rubato. In addition, issues of tempo, ensemble, and technical challenges for the violin are discussed for each movement, and practice suggestions are provided.