Analysis of William Bolcom's Second Violin Sonata: From a Performance Aspect



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The American composer William Bolcom (b.1938) has demonstrated an exceptional capacity for integrating various musical elements with traditional forms, creating his own compositional language. This unique compositional style has earned Bolcom his reputation as a leading postmodernist American composer. This essay will explore William Bolcom’s general musical language, along with the relevant aspects of his musical education, and, briefly, the background of his Second Violin Sonata. Moreover, a detailed analysis of the Second Sonata will be provided by looking into its larger structural aspects, and also approaching each movement with set theory and topic theory. In addition, stylistic features and musical interpretation will be discussed in the last section of the essay, connecting with the outcome of the analysis from the previous section.



Bolcom, William, Violin