New publications

Impromptu for Viola and Piano

This recently published Impromptu is a little piece composed in 1940 for Gál’s son, Peter, when he had just graduated’ from violin to viola. As the Preface to the work indicates: “The Impromptu for Viola and Piano, published here for the first time, with its tuneful lyricism and atmospheric piano part, so typical of Gál, enriches the viola repertoire with an original little work, full of character and at the same time playable; it is excellently suited to young players or those changing to the instrument, but also to every amateur viola player, as a repertoire, performance or competition piece.” The work is published by Schott (VAB69); ISMN 979-0-001-15437-6

Sonata in D for Violin and Piano (1933)

The Violin Sonata in D was composed in Vienna in 1933, immediately after Gál’s return to Vienna following his dismissal from his post in Mainz. It remained unpublished and unperformed in his lifetime, and was first performed at the Wigmore Hall in London on 5th November, 2001, by David Frühwirth (violin) and Henri Sigfridsson (piano). It is published by Boosey and Hawkes under the Simrock label (EE5318; ISMN 979-0-2211-2109-7).