SONATINA for piano (1981)

"The concert began with Peter Lieuwen’s Sonatina. The first section had immediate surface appeal with flights of notes in the right hand. In the second and third sections, Lieuwen seemed to be experimenting with the organic growth of sounds. A lot of pedal was required in this section, and out of the loud, sustained chords grew notes that seemed to emerge and blend on their own accord. The patient pianist (Marc-Andre Hamelin) held the chords and sat, listening as carefully as those of us in the audience."