|dc.description.abstract||This thesis aims to provide materials useful for the preparation and performance of the Hindemith’s three Viola Sonata with Piano: Sonata Op. 11 No. 4 (1919), Sonata Op. 25 No. 4 (1922), Sonata (1939). It serves directly as a practical source for violists and teachers who are learning the sonatas to consult students.
The project considers different resources available including relevant historical contextual information about Hindemith’s life, his compositional style and history surrounding the three viola sonatas and piano. It recommends different available recordings of the sonatas for insight and provides suggestions to additional complementary resources for further reading.
Much of this project however focuses on the practice processes I employed to enhance my performance of the sonatas. These include providing guidance on how to formulate musical ideas specific to the piece, various practice strategies for challenging aspects and specifically investigate different processes of technique, such as sound production, intonation, shifting and bow distribution. Assisted by the opinions and explorations of professional violists, this project will document and reflect various practice strategies I have employed in preparing the Viola Sonatas with piano.
Every musician has their own personal process to learn a piece, so it is not my intention to propose my method as the sole or best method of learning the sonatas. Rather, it serves as a guide to provide performers with further options on learning the sonatas themselves as efficiently as possible and enlisting as many available resources relevant to the sonatas to encourage players to learn the works themselves. The practice principles established within this project assisting with technique, interpretation are transferrable and can be directly applicable to the twentieth-century works or other contemporary works.||