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Begun in London and completed in Wanganui, this Sonata is a work of pure Romantic sensibility. The first movement, with its conflicting upheavals, suggests a parallel in private life. The second movement, a set of variations, seems as in so many other Lilburn works of this time, to point to New Zealand as the site of an envisioned destiny. Lilburn entitles this his second sonata in the holograph score, which indicates that it either followed the A minor sonata of 1939 or the 'lost' sonata written at this time of which only the slow movement survives.
Notes taken from album Douglas Lilburn Complete Piano Music Volume 3, Trust Records MMT2067
Lento-Allegro ma non troppo e con rubato
Theme and Variations
Performed by Dan Poynton at the Ilott Theatre in Wellington, in 2006