Amlin, Martin - Sonatina Piccola For Piccolo and Piano (Presser)
This cute and concise sonatina is a decent choice for inclusion in recitals for the piccolo. It is a tonal work, not particularly outstanding, but lively and cleanly realized.
He is particularly known for flute compositions, and in 1997 wrote a Sonata for Piccolo and Piano in 1997 for Zartouhi Dombourian-Eby, the piccolo soloist of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra, who premiered it at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago in 1997. The assembled flutists found this work attractive.
Ms. Dombourian-Eby requested a short work from Amlin for the 1999 Convention of the same organization. Amlin decided to strive to keep the work complete in form, and decided on the concept of a miniature sonata.
The resulting sonatina is about six and a half minutes long, but has all the ingredients of classical sonata form (including a first movement development, an element often missing from the usual sonatina). But Amlin, rather than eliminating or truncating the usual formal elements of a sonata, keeps them brief mainly by using very concise melodies as his subjects. Thus, the opening Allegro scherzando has not only a development section but a traditional two-subject exposition and recapitulation; moreover, the exposition section also has a literal repeat.
However, he avoids having to include a coda by going directly to the slow movement, Andante espressivo, without pause. This is a simple song-form piece, the longest part of the sonatina at three minutes.
Again there is no pause before the next and final movement, Allegro spiritoso. This is a very athletic piece in rondo form.
The music is tonal throughout, and has clear, if not highly memorable, thematic material.