Grosse Sonate


Grosse Sonate is a quartet for two men and two women; two modern dancers and two ballet dancers. Tharp maximizes the diversity of the cast and the movement options they bring. The dancing is courageous and moves through the architecture of Beethoven’s Hammerklavier Sonata with power and determination. The dancers jump off the wooden panels placed upstage - soundboards bouncing the dancers back towards the audience.

Grosse Sonate is a celebration of dance, the commitment it requires and the satisfaction it returns. 


  • Grosse Sonate
    Malone, Robinson, Caddell and Lund perform. © Bruce R. Feeley
  • Grosse Sonate
    Robinson, Caddell and Lund in performance. © Bruce R. Feeley


Caddell, Malone, Lund and Robinson in performance.
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Music Program:

Hammerklavier, or, Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major, Op. 106
Composed by Ludwig van Beethoven

1. Allegro
2. Scherzo: Assai vivace
3. Adagio sostenuto
4. Introduzione: Largo - Fuga: Allegro risoluto

Audio Sample: 

Scherzo: Assai vivace
Performed by Maurizzio Pollini

Performance History

July 1, 1999

Additional performances on July 2 & 3, 1999
Works on this program: Grosse Sonate (premiere), The One Hundreds