The term Sonatina doesn't imply a short duration in this work, but rather an undemanding technical level and playful and mostly relaxed mood of the music. The dramatic conflict between the themes typical of the sonata form is absent.
In the first part the mood of the music itself is Mediterranean. The second part is an impression of Mediterranean land-scapes and moods - imagine a small Greek island; its inimitable light, its music of waves, its colour…
The third part is a tribute to the Mediterranean character in life, art and music - vivid, dynamic with a strong theatrical sense. Sometimes violent, but above all tender and full of humour.
The Sonatina is written for concert use and is best played in its entirety. However, the autonemous character of each movement makes it possible to perform each one separately without detriment to form and musical logic.
From Avi Schönfeld's Preface