Movement 1: Poco allegro
Movement 2: Moderato – Allegro – Tempo 1 – Allegro
Its three short movements (the second and third are interlinked) are somewhat fey in character and again remind us of Julietta. The mood generally is light and graceful, and the music does not attempt to plumb great depths of expression. A kind of Baroque-style ostinato is a feature of the first movement, and the slowish introduction to the second makes much use of trills. The Madrigal Sonata was completed in November 1942 and first performed in New York on 9 December on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the American League of Composers.
from notes by Kenneth Dommett & Robert Matthew-Walker © 1998