The entire sonata is no online. I posted the entire sonata in little chunks top make downloading easier.
The piano is the basic Garritan Authorized Steinway. I like the sound of it, but it's not an easy instrument to balance with others. I'm slowly getting the hang of it. I've had to create a number of extra articulations and expressions in Finale just to let me get a bit more variety of sound out of the piano.
A quick description of the "story" that underlies the music:
Iit is a Japanese myth, Amaterasu, the sun goddess, invites her brother Susano-o, god of storms and disarray, to live with her in the sky-home. However, his stormy and chaotic nature, as well as his penchant for acting out (tantrums, if you will) create tension. Eventually, Susano-o slays one of the horses of heaven and tosses the freshly slaughtered carcass onto the floor of Amaterasu's weaving room. The last straw, Amaterasu abandons her rightful place in the sky and runs to hide deep within a cave in the ground.
The other gods, fearful of the effect having no sun in the sky will have, gather around Omori-kane, a wise god, who suggests they trick Amaterasu into coming out from her hideaway. He hangs a mirror from a branch of a tree, while Ama-no-Uzume, the goddess of dawn and revelry, dances and the other gods laugh and cheer her on. This brings Amaterasu out, curious to see what the noise is. When she comes out from her retreat, the other gods block the entrance to the cave, stopping her from running back in, and she takes her rightful place in the sky once more.
Anyway, without further ado, the complete Sonata opus 39, for doublebass and piano, subtitled "Amaterasu".
1 – Amaterasu
2 – Susano-o
3 – Sibling Rivalry
4 – Omori-kane
5 – Ama-no-Uzume
6 – Hinode (Amaterasu ascends to the Heavens)
(the recording combines the 5th and 6th movements into one sound file)
I separated the movements in this recording, to make them a bit easier to access, however, in the original work, the movements are played without pause.
While the story seems to indicate that the 1st movement should be very lyrical and melodic to go with the character of Amaterasu, I felt that sticking TOO closely to the story for the sonata would be detrimental to the structure. So let us say that Amaterasu, in the first movement, is quite the spunky goddess who likes raucous rhythms and musical outbursts
The second movement, also may seem contradictory, but I wanted to develop that movement from the fact that Susano-o is the brother of Amaterasu. The material is similar in source, but treated differently.
The third movement is more dissonant, describing the havoc that Susano-o causes in the house of Amaterasu,
while the fourth is considerably more romantic and tonal and represents the wisdom of Omori-kane and his plan to trick Amaterasu out of her hiding place.
The next movement is Ama-no-Uzume's dances, as a series of variations. Each dance is progressively faster than the previous one.
A brief coda at the end reprises material from the opening movement and represents Hinode, the sunrise, as Amaterasu returns to her home in the heavens.
Each movement is quite short as well. The whole sonata runs around 18 minutes in length