Item MS-5-2, Box 4, Folder 1 - Sonata for piano

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Sonata for piano

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David Willens

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MS-5-2, Box 4, Folder 1

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  • December 18, 1959 (Distribution)
    Score sent to Ellen Ballon by the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Music.
  • 1956-1957 (Creation)
    Willens, David

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1 part (26 p.)

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Little is known about David Willens. His composition "Sonata for piano" was sent to the Canadian pianist Ellen Ballon in 1959 by the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Music, but there is no record of its subsequent publication. He also wrote a "Suite for two pianos" in the 1950s and a "Sonata for violoncello and piano" in 1955.

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Item is an unsolicited manuscript reproduction of a piano sonata by David Willens, sent to Ellen Ballon by the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Music on December 18, 1959. File includes a letter from the Society to Ellen Ballon. The composition was "dedicated to the memory of Alexander Guroff."

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Description revised by Rebecca Shaw on December 4, 2017.

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  • English

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  • Box: MS-5-2, Box 4