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Joseph Horovitz

Publisher: Novello & Co

Clarinet Sonatina (1981)
Novello & Co Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
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Joseph Horovitz Clarinet Sonatina (1981)
This work was composed between January and April 1981 at the request of Gervase de Peyer and Gwenneth Pryor, who premiered it at Wigmore Hall, London on May 12, 1981.

The Sonatina is light-hearted and follows a traditional pattern of the three-movement division. The first, in classical sonata form, concentrates on the middle register of the clarinet, mainly lyrical against a rippling piano background. The second movement is an A-B-A song structure employing some of the lowest notes of the wind instrument in a long cantilena over a slow chordal accompaniment. The finale is a kind of rondo which alternates two themes in equal proportions, exploiting the upper register of the clarinet. The harmonic idiom of the whole work is obviously tonal, and, like most recent compositions of Horovitz, the Sonatina is melodically and rhythmically much influenced by jazz and other popular music. It calls for equal virtuosity from both players.
© Gervase de Peyer

  • Soloist(s)
    Gervase de Peyer (cl)Gwenneth Pryor (pno)
  • Soloist(s)
    Sylvie Hue (cl) R. Boutry (pno)
    CODA, France, SYRIUS:
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    Andrew Simon (cl) Klibonoff (pno)
  • Soloist(s)
    K. Ogura (cl) M. Shiraishi
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    Dusan Sodja, clarinet / Tatjana Kaucic, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Murray Khouri, clarinet
  • Soloist(s)
    Rudolf Mauz, clarinet / Herwig Rutt, piano
    SWR Studio - Tuebingen:
  • Soloist(s)
    Bernhard Röthlisberger, clarinet / Simon Andres, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Julian Bliss, clarinet / Julien Quentin, piano
    EMI Debut Series:
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    David Campbell, clarinet/ Andrew Ball, Piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Frederic Jacobowitz (clarinet), Andrew Gilpin (piano)
    Gilpin Publishing:
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    Ferdinand Steiner, clarinet; Faustino Quintaba, piano
    Tomtone Productions:
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    Jan Jakub Bokun, clarinet; Magdalena Blum, piano
    DUX Warszawa :
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    Patricia Shands, clarinet; Dmitri Cogan, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Stephen Bennett, clarinet; Joyce Riddell, piano
    Clarinet Heritage Society:
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    Karl Leister, clarinet; Ferenc Bognar, piano
    Caro Mitis:
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    Ronald Van Spaendonck (clarinet) Eliane Reyes (piano)
    Fuga Libera:
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    Deborah Bish (clarinet) Valerie Trujillo (piano)
    Mark Custom Records:
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    Josep Fuster (clarinet) Isabel Hernandez (piano)
    Columna Musica:
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    David Jarzynski (clarinet) Anna Czaicka (piano)
  • Soloist(s)
    Andre Moisan (clarinet) Jean Saulnier (piano)
    Atma Classique:
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    Ona Cardona (clarinet) Timothy Lissimore (piano)
    Columna Musica:
  • Soloist(s)
    Margaret Wilson (clarinet) Gillian Lyons (piano)
    CD Baby:
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    Lucia Kye; Tony Park
    Fleur de Son:
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    Jaren Hinckley (clarinet) Vince Humphries (piano)
    Tantara Records:
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    Michael Collins, clarinet; Michael McHale, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Andrew Simon (clarinet) Warren Lee (piano)
  • Soloist(s)
    Benjamin Feilmair (clarinet), Florian Feilmair (piano)
  • Soloist(s)
    Heiner Schindler (clarinet) Olha Cipak (piano)
  • Ensemble
    Bingham String Quartet and ReedPlay Saxophone Quartet
    Victoria Soames Samek (clarinet) Michael Bell (piano)
    Clarinet Classics:
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    Robert DiLutis, clarinet; Yin Zheng, piano
    CD Baby:
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    Clarinet sonatina - Matthias Höfele, clarinet; Tatjana Blome, piano; String Quartet No.5 - Ensemble Zeitlos
    Jaro Records:
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    Jonathan Parkin, clarinet; Sebastian Stanley, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Som Howie, clarinet; David Howie, piano
    Cala Records:
  • Soloist(s)
    Gianluca Campagnolo, clarinet; Francesco Scrofani Cancellieri, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Francois Benda, clarinet; Sebastian Benda, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Francois Benda, clarinet; Sebastian Benda, piano
    Genuin Classics:
  • Soloist(s)
    Anna Hashimoto, clarinet; Rikuya Terashima, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Nadia Wilson, clarinet; Martin Butler, piano
    Prima Facie:
  • Soloist(s)
    Melissa Koprowski, clarinet; Roberta Garten, piano
    Emeritus Recordings:
  • 14 JUN 2018
    Bechstein Centre, Frankfurt, Germany
    Miguel Dopazo, clarinet; Daniela Saavedra, piano
  • 24 APR 2018
    Orania, Berlin
    Julian Bliss, clarinet; Julien Quentin, piano

    Other Dates:
    27 April - Uferhallen, Berlin
  • 07 APR 2018
    Theatre de la Ville, Paris
    Ronald van Spaendonck, clarinet; Johan Schmidt, piano
  • 17 MAR 2018
    Darlington Music Society
    Matthew Scott, clarinet; Christine Zerafa, piano
  • 25 FEB 2018
    University of Victoria, BC, Canada
    Stephanie Zelnick, clarinet
  • 21 FEB 2018
    Lighthouse, Poole, Dorset
    Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Jose Gallardo, piano
  • 04 FEB 2018
    Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
    Markus Ehrlich, clarinet; Anny Hwang, piano
  • 10 JAN 2018
    Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
    Fiona Cross, clarinet; Nigel Clayton, piano
  • 10 JAN 2018
    St Mary's Hill, Chester
    Matthew Scott, clarinet; Daniel King-Smith, piano
  • 19 DEC 2017
    Porto Conservatoire, Portugal
    Ricardo Alves, clarinet; Artur Pereira, piano
  • 30 NOV 2017
    Taipei, Taiwan
    Yu-Ting Lo, clarinet
  • 25 NOV 2017
    Temnitzkirche Netzeband, Germany
    Sabina Matthus-Bebie, clarinet; Yuki Inagawa, piano
  • 19 NOV 2017
    Sondershausen, Germany
    Karolin Ketzel-Grüneberg, clarinet; Sarolta Boros Gyevi piano
  • 14 NOV 2017
    Hofburgkapelle, Vienna
    Daniel Ottensamer, clarinet; Christoph Traxler, piano
  • 11 NOV 2017
    St Andrew's Church, Surbiton
    William Slingsby-Duncombe, clarinet; Fiachra Garvey, piano
  • 28 OCT 2017
    St Paul's Episcopal Cathedral, Dundee
    Marie Downes, Clarinet; Walter Blair, piano
  • 25 OCT 2017
    Royal College of Music, London
    Eve Wieltschnig, clarinet; Christopher Atkinson, piano
  • 24 OCT 2017
    Frankfurt, Germany
    Vladimir Soltan, clarinet; Anna Stepanova, piano
  • 11 OCT 2017
    Ravello, Italy
    Lelio Di Tullio, clarinet; Paola Landrini, piano
  • 03 OCT 2017
    Dolce Music Salon, Tokyo
    Anna Hashimoto, clarinet; Miki Takaki, piano
  • 02 OCT 2017
    Musica Juventutis
    Konzerthaus, Vienna
    Ulrich Manafi, clarinet; Christina Scheicher, piano
  • 30 SEP 2017
    St Ann's Church, Manchester
    Ricardo Alves, clarinet; Artur Pereira, piano
  • 27 SEP 2017
    Park Lane Group
    St James's Piccadilly, London
    Matthew Scott, clarinet; Christine Zerafa, piano
  • 16 SEP 2017
    Porto Alegre, Brazil
    Diego Grendene, clarinet; Guilherme Goldberg, piano
  • 09 SEP 2017
    Shanghai Oriental Art Center, Shanghai, China
    Wang Tao, clarinet; Shen Tong, piano
  • 07 SEP 2017
    Snape Maltings, Suffolk
    William Duncombe, clarinet; Fiachra Garvey, piano
  • 20 AUG 2017
    Grodzisk Mazowiecki, Poland
    Anna Gut, clarinet; Gabriel Machowska-Kopietz, piano
  • 19 AUG 2017
    Dominik Domińczak, clarinet; Malgorzata Garstka, piano
  • 17 AUG 2017
    Ste Pétronille, Quebec, Canada
    Stéphane Fontaine, clarinet; Martin Dubé, piano
  • 10 AUG 2017
    Richmond Symphony Summer Series
    Richmond, VA
    David Lemelin, clarinet; Magdalena Adamek, piano

Joseph Horovitz's enchanting Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, composed in 1981 for Gervase [de Peyer] and finely projected in this performance partnered by Gwynneth Pryor, was much enjoyed by the audience, and the 80 year old dedicatee and composer acknowledged the warm applause.
Robert Matthew-Walker, Musical Opinion,01/05/2006
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