The following program note accompanied a cassette tape submitted to the selection committee for the George Rieveschl Award for Distinguished Creative and Scholarly Works at the University of Cincinnati (Sapp was awarded this honor in 1986).

“PIANO SONATA V is in one continuous movement, with material from the beginning appearing throughout. It is concerned with violent changes of texture and mood, sharp juxtapositions of dramatic and lyrical elements and with a prevailing strong affirmative quality.”