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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)
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    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:
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    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:
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    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
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    Som Howie, clarinet; David Howie, piano
    Cala Records:
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    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:
  • 04 APR 2017
    San Sebastian, Spain
    José Luis Estellés, clarinet; Amaia Zipitria, piano
  • 02 APR 2017
    Bad Dürkheim, Germany
    Anny Hwang, piano; Markus Ehrlich, saxophone
  • 20 MAR 2017
    Musashino Cultural Foundation, Tokyo
    Daniel Ottensamer, clarinet; Chika Murata, piano
  • 16 MAR 2017
    Jaen, Spain
    Daniel Broncano, clarinet; Mario Mora, piano
  • 11 MAR 2017
    Oxshott and Cobham Music Society
    Holy Trinity, Claygate, Surrey
    Julian Bliss, clarinet; Robert Bottriell, piano
  • 26 FEB 2017
    Evry, France
    Joel Schemer, clarinet; Diane Theet, piano
  • 24 FEB 2017
    Münster University, Germany
    Andreas Ottensame, clarinet; Jose Gallardo, piano
  • 24 FEB 2017
    Evesham Arts Centre, Evesham, Worcs.
    Matthew Scott, clarinet; Christine Zerafa, piano
  • 21 FEB 2017
    University of Montana, MT
    Christopher Kirkpatrick, clarinet; Dorothy Petersen, piano
  • 19 FEB 2017
    Ronald van Spaendonck, clarinet; Johan Schmidt, piano
  • 12 FEB 2017
    Gustavus Adolphus College, St Peter, MN
    Karrin Meffert-Nelson, clarinet; Szu Ling Wi, piano
  • 09 FEB 2017
    Bürgenstock Festival
    Lucerne, Switzerland
    Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Jose Gallardo, piano
  • 03 FEB 2017
    Almunecar, Spain
    Carlos Gil, clarinet; Ana Galindo González, piano
  • 22 JAN 2017
    Clarinet Day 2017
    University of Arizona, AZ
    Jackie Glazier, clarinet; Tannis Gibson, piano
  • 16 JAN 2017
    McGill University, Montreal
    Christine Carter, clarinet; Martin Karlicek, piano
  • 14 JAN 2017
    Sebastianskapelle, Baden, Switzerland
    Ensemble Spektrum
    Marc Bätscher, clarinet; Jason Paul Peterson, piano

    Other Dates:
    15 January - Altes Spital, Solothurn, Switzerland
  • 24 DEC 2016
    Reno, NV
    Eli Eban, clarinet
  • 13 DEC 2016
    Jeunesses Musicales of Spain
    Jeunesses Musicales of Spain, Barcelona
    Claudia Reyes, clarinet; Ana Galindo, piano
  • 17 NOV 2016
    Ivy House Music and Dance, London
    Dimitri Ashkenazy, clarinet; Vovka Ashkenazy, piano
  • 13 NOV 2016
    St Stephanus, Oldenburg, Germany
    Inga Meyer, Clarinet
  • 13 NOV 2016
    Merchweiler, Germany
    Markus Ehrlich, clarinet; Anny Hwang, piano
  • 09 NOV 2016
    Johanneskirche Frohnau, Berlin
    Nele B. Nelle, clarinet; Johanne von Harsdorf, piano
  • 06 NOV 2016
    Christ Church Constantia, Cape Town
    Maria du Toit, clarinet; Jose Dias, piano
  • 04 NOV 2016
    Konzerthaus, Dortmund, Germany
    Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Jose Gallardo, piano
  • 18 OCT 2016
    Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Giuliano Rosas, clarinet; Lidia Bazarian, piano
  • 09 OCT 2016
    St Mary & Eanswythe, Folkstone, Kent
    Alan Shellard, clarinet; Hamish Brown, piano
  • 30 SEP 2016
    Cuenca, Spain
    Daniel Broncano, clarinet; Mario Mora, piano
  • 28 SEP 2016
    Ravello, Italy
    Lelio Di Tullio, clarinet; Paola Landrini, piano
  • 21 SEP 2016
    Xinghai Conservatory of Music Festival
    Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Guangzhou, China
    Janet Hilton, clarinet; Jakob Fichert, piano
  • 18 SEP 2016
    Stetson University, FL
    Jessica Speak, clarinet; Tammy Miller, 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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