Violin Sonata in F Major, Op.73
Christian Sinding (1856-1941), along with Edvard Grieg came to symbolize Norwegian classical music between 1885 and 1940. Born is the small town of Kongsberg near Oslo, Sinding, after studying music in Oslo, attended the Leipzig Conservatory where he studied violin with Henry Schradieck and composition with Salomon Jadassohn and Carl Reinecke. Whereas Grieg's style of writing has been described as Schumann's technique combined with Norwegian folk melody, Sinding's is often and incorrectly characterized as combination of Wagner's technique with Norwegian folk melody. Although the influence of Norwegian folk melody can be fond in his music, Sinding did not use it, as did Grieg, so extensively. Rather, it was German romanticism, and in particular the music of Liszt and Wagner, which greatly influenced Sinding. But unlike Liszt and Wagner, Sinding relied on wit and developed a more cosmopolitan style. Writing in virtually all genres, his chamber music must be considered an important part of his output.
The Sonata in F Major, Op.73 was composed in 1905 at a time when Sinding was at the height of his international fame and famous instrumentalists regularly asked him for compositions. The opening Allegro con brio, has for its main theme a bright, winning tune heroic in quality. The second theme, while hardly dark, is more reflective. In the middle movement, Andante cantabile, after a lengthy piano introduction, the violin brings forth a quiet, long-lined lyrical theme which flows gently forth at a relaxed pace. The finale, Deciso, ma non troppo allegro, opens with a great flourish in presenting the highly romantic theme which would almost be suitable for a lovers' serenade.