Hannah Lash presents four sonatas for harp, examining different ways in which these pieces interact with what it means to be a sonata. The CPE Bach reflects a highly changeable and detailed surface, with harmonic underpinnings that reflect the affective colors of the late baroque. The Hindemith is a tightly crafted piece whose form reflects a traditional sonata but reimagines the conventions in some important ways. The Tailleferre also reflects the traditional, but through a lens wholly unique to the composer and the time and place in which the sonata was written: 1950′s Paris; it exudes a straightforward gestural language and an almost diatonic harmonic world. Lash’s own sonata also plays with what it means to be a sonata, drawing inspiration from the expressive, chromatic, and mobile harmonies of Schumann and Schubert.


Works to be performed on the “Sonatas for Harp” program include:

CPE Bach, Sonata for Harp (1762)
Paul Hindemith, Sonata for Harp  (1939)
Hannah Lash, Sonata for Harp (2015)
Germaine Tailleferre, Sonata for Harp (1957)