Unlike his concerto, Karl Pilss’s Trumpet Sonata is a more standard length of roughly sixteen minutes; it also follows the traditional fast-slow-fast three-movement structure. Written only one year after the concerto, in 1935, The sonata shows a greater compositional maturity with melodic lines that flow better and seem more logically conceived. The sonata displays that Pilss attained a greater understanding of how to write for the instrument.
Just like his concerto, this Sonata requires the performer to have great flexibility as Pilss frequently writes slurred passages that span the tessitura of the instrument.
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