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Medtner's musical life was divided relatively equally between composition and performance. The fact that he was an outstanding pianist is evidenoed in almost all of his compositions. The piano compositions pose performance challenges from every musical viewpoint; the vocal pieces all possess a very significant piano part, giving them more the nature of a duet than a solo performance with accompaniment; and a similar situation exists in the violin sonatas. Concerning the Sonatas for Violin and Piano, Alexander commented that "the violin could be more satisfaotorily placed, as there is a tendency to use it like a third hand on the piano."l
Kinley, Sarah Louise, "A Performer's Analysis of Eight Piano Sonatas of Nicholas Medtner" (1970). Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection. Paper 60.