The finale of this three-movement work is embedded and will play automatically in the background. All movements may be accessed on the composer's Sibelius web pages (see below):
The Sancta Sonata in G Major is a multi-movement work for the piano inspired by the Classical style which developed during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in the hands of such masters as Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven. The rondo finale of Setrakian's sonata represents a contemporary reinterpretation of that style and of the traditional rondo form, in which a lively principal theme, once stated, recurs one or more times after the presentation of intervening material of a contrasting nature. The movement abounds in energy and virtuoso passage work for the soloist, and retains an optimistic outlook broken only by brief excursions into the minor mode. The Sancta Sonata was composed in 1988.
The calligraphic ornament above is based on a fourteenth-century design detail appearing in Plate No. 11 of W. R. Tymms, The Art of Illuminating as Practised in Europe from the Earliest Times ... (London: Day and Son, 1860.) The roundel frames above were derived from a fifteenth-century illuminated manuscript depicting the "Vision of Isaiah" attributed to Girolamo Da Cremona, now housed in the Libreria Piccolomini, Duomo, Siena.