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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:
  • Soloist(s)
    Andrew Simon (cl) Klibonoff (pno)
  • Soloist(s)
    K. Ogura (cl) M. Shiraishi
  • Soloist(s)
    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:
  • Soloist(s)
    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 :
  • Soloist(s)
    Patricia Shands, clarinet; Dmitri Cogan, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Stephen Bennett, clarinet; Joyce Riddell, piano
    Clarinet Heritage Society:
  • Soloist(s)
    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:
  • Soloist(s)
    Josep Fuster (clarinet) Isabel Hernandez (piano)
    Columna Musica:
  • Soloist(s)
    David Jarzynski (clarinet) Anna Czaicka (piano)
  • Soloist(s)
    Andre Moisan (clarinet) Jean Saulnier (piano)
    Atma Classique:
  • Soloist(s)
    Ona Cardona (clarinet) Timothy Lissimore (piano)
    Columna Musica:
  • Soloist(s)
    Margaret Wilson (clarinet) Gillian Lyons (piano)
    CD Baby:
  • Soloist(s)
    Lucia Kye; Tony Park
    Fleur de Son:
  • Soloist(s)
    Jaren Hinckley (clarinet) Vince Humphries (piano)
    Tantara Records:
  • Soloist(s)
    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
  • 04 NOV 2016
    Konzerthaus, Dortmund, Germany
    Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Jose Gallardo, piano
  • 28 SEP 2016
    Ravello, Italy
    Lelio Di Tullio, clarinet; Paola Landrini, piano
  • 11 SEP 2016
    Club Musical de Quebec, Canada
    Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Jose Gallardo, piano
  • 30 JUL 2016
    Summer Concerts at Grochowskiej
    Summer Concerts at Grochowskiej, Warsaw
    Malgorzata Jonczyk, clarinet; Piotr Kopczynski, piano
  • 27 JUN 2016
    BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
    Wigmore Hall, London
    Daniel Ottensamer, clarinet; Christopher Traxler, piano
  • 18 JUN 2016
    New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire
    Marple Choral Society

    Other Dates:
    25 June - Marple Methodist Church, Manchester
  • 10 JUN 2016
    St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
    Jonathan Parkin, clarinet; Sebastian Stanley, piano
  • 07 JUN 2016
    Haus der Ingenieure, Vienna
    Matthias Schorn, clarinet; Florian Krumpöck, piano
  • 23 MAY 2016
    Kassel, Germany
    Philip Epstein, clarinet; Annika Rauschel, piano
  • 04 MAY 2016
    Zoetermeer, Netherlands
    Paul Kaiser, clarinet; Patrick Hopper, piano
  • 27 APR 2016
    Clarimania International Clarinet Festival
    Clarimania International Clarinet Festival, Wroclaw, Poland
    Anna Hashimoto, clarinet; Rikuya Terashima, piano
  • 19 APR 2016
    Jeunesses Musicales, Seville, Spain
    Omar Hamido Ortega, clarinet; Estrella Jaramillo Balbás, piano
  • 09 APR 2016
    Gedok Art Forum, Hamburg
    Robert Locken, clarinet; Yasuko Oshikawa, piano
  • 07 APR 2016
    Gibraltar Philharmonic Society, Gibraltar
    Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Jose Gallardo, piano
  • 20 MAR 2016
    Gempt-Halle Lengerich, Germany
    Ege Banaz, clarinet; Azusa Toyama, piano
  • 11 MAR 2016
    Alcala de Henares, Spain
    Paco Sanz, clarinet; Maria Capilla, piano
  • 24 FEB 2016
    Elisabethen Church=, Basel, Switzerland
    Pablo Barragan, clarinet; Maki Wiederkehr, piano
  • 10 FEB 2016
    University of Georgia, Athens, GA
    D. Ray McClellan, clarinet; Damon Denton, piano
  • 03 FEB 2016
    Theatre Royal, Nottingham
    Matt Glendening, clarinet; Eleonor Hodgkinson, piano
  • 17 JAN 2016
    Stuttgart, Germany
    Sebastian Manz, clarinet; Martin Klett, piano
  • 09 JAN 2016
    Paulton, Somerset
    Neil Moore, clarinet; Jacquelyn Bevan, piano
  • 08 JAN 2016
    Curitiba, Brazil
    Jairo Wilkens, clarinet; Clenice Ortigara, piano
  • 04 JAN 2016
    Thailand Cultural Centre, Bangkok
    Le Dai, clarinet; Christopher Janwong Mckiggan, piano
  • 28 NOV 2015
    Amersham Concert Club
    Amersham, Little Chalfont, Bucks.
    Matthew Scott, clarinet; Daniel King-Smith, piano
  • 28 NOV 2015
    Schloss Elmau, Germany
    Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Jose Gallardo, piano
  • 15 NOV 2015
    Noordwijk, Netherlands
    Paul Kaiser, clarinet; Patrick Hopper, piano
  • 11 NOV 2015
    Festival Jazz 'N' Klezmer, Paris
    Festival Jazz 'N' Klezmer, Paris
    Irith Gabriel, clarinet; Irina Loskova, piano
  • 10 NOV 2015
    City University, London
    David Campbell, clarinet; John Flinders, piano
  • 25 OCT 2015
    Santpoort, Netherlands
    Paul Kaiser, clarinet; Patrick Hopper, piano
  • 23 OCT 2015
    Ravello, Italy
    Lelio de Tullio, clarinet; Paola Landrini, 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,5/1/2006
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