Sonata for Flute and Piano (1993)

Samuel Zyman (1956- )

Program note written by Jacob Farmer

I. Allegro assai
II. Lento e molto espressivo
III. Presto

Approximate Performance Time:
17 minutes

Advanced – appropriate for upper college undergraduates and master students

Deanna R. Little & Jerome Reed. Zyman Sonata for Flute and Piano. 2009. MP3.

Source Article:
Siegel, Merrie R. “Samuel Zyman’s Concerto for Flute and Small Orchestra and Sonata for Flute and Piano.” Order No. 9969316 Rice University, 2000. Ann Arbor: ProQuest. Web. 30 Sep. 2016.

Samuel Zyman was born in Mexico City in 1956, and initially studied under flutist Héctor Jaramillo and pianist Juan José Calatayud at the National Conservatory of Music of Mexico. In addition to having Masters in Music and Doctor of Music degrees, he holds a Doctor of Medicine (obtained prior to his music degrees). He has taught Music Theory at Juilliard since 1987, and was once commissioned to write a piece jointly by cellist Carlos Prieto and vodka manufacturer Absolute. He was written two symphonies, concertos for piano, guitar, and harp, chamber works, and various vocal pieces. Zyman resides in New Your City with his family and continues composing to this day. 

Piece Information:
Zyman’s Sonata for Flute and Piano, composed in 1993, had its first recording published in 1994 by flutist Marisa Canales and pianist Ana Maria Tradatti, and has since been performed extensively throughout Mexico. It was premiered in the United Sates by Marcos Granados in New York City in 1996, then once again in 1997 at the National Flute Association Convention in Chicago. Sonata was commissioned after Zyman’s Concerto saw great success. The piece has three movements, Allegro assai in sonata form, Lento e molto espressivo in a ternary ABA form, and the Presto in a rondo style. The piece is similar to Muczynski’s Sonata for Flute and Piano in style and intensity, especially with his use of syncopations, rhythmic devices, and the inner dialogue between the flute and piano.