Revisions to the First Violin Sonata

SonataIn 1917 – the same year in which he was completing his Second Violin Sonata – Ireland returned to his First Sonata to make some revisions, with a new edition published in the autumn. One of the main alterations was to the first movement, where some material was removed altogether, and the coda shortened. The first review of the new publication found the end of the first movement ‘greatly improved’, while the beautiful middle section remained untouched. In addition, the tempo markings and other performance directions were simplified, and the print layout generally improved, making the new version ‘an unqualified success’ (Monthly Musical Record, 47, 1 October 1917, p. 229). The act of revision was one that occupied Ireland during both World Wars, particularly where his chamber music was concerned.