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Joseph Horovitz

Publisher: Novello & Co

Clarinet Sonatina (1981)
Novello & Co Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
15 Minutes

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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
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    Murray Khouri, clarinet
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    Rudolf Mauz, clarinet / Herwig Rutt, piano
    SWR Studio - Tuebingen:
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    Bernhard Röthlisberger, clarinet / Simon Andres, piano
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    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
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    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)
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    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)
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    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
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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
  • 23 OCT 2015
    Ravello, Italy
    Lelio de Tullio, clarinet; Paola Landrini, piano
  • 04 OCT 2015
    Bergkirchen, Germany
    Markus Schon, clarinet; Yasko Linnartz, piano
  • 03 OCT 2015
    University Great Hall, Reading
    Jay Bevan, clarinet
  • 16 SEP 2015
    Pinacoteca Ruben Berta, Porto Alegre, Brazil
    Diego Grendene, clarinet; Guilherme Goldberg, piano
  • 14 SEP 2015
    Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, Australia
    Janet Hilton, clarinet
  • 07 AUG 2015
    Holtrop, Germany
    Sebastian Manz, clarinet; Martin Klett, piano
  • 23 JUL 2015
    ClarinetFest 2015
    Madrid, Spain
    Andrew Simon, clarinet; Warren Lee, piano
  • 21 JUL 2015
    Music at Paxton Festival
    Paxton House, Berwick-upon-Tween, Scotland
    Elisabeth Juen, clarinet; Elena Ivanova, piano
  • 19 JUL 2015
    Music Festival of the Nations
    Andrew Simon, clarinet; Warren Lee, piano
  • 19 JUL 2015
    Jaun, Freiburg, Switzerland
    Sarah Chardonnens, clarinet; Etienne Murith, piano
  • 09 JUL 2015
    Ludwigsburg Festival
    Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg, Germany
    Patrick Hollich, clarinet; Frank Dupree, piano
  • 11 JUN 2015
    St John's Smith Square, London
    Anna Hashimoto, clarinet; Daniel King-Smith, piano
  • 06 JUN 2015
    Sa Taronja, Andratx, Mallorca
    Selina Lohmüller, clarinet; Anna Kirichenko, piano
  • 18 MAY 2015
    Citė Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
    PeiLong He, clarinet; Tiantian Xu, piano
  • 29 APR 2015
    Cagliari, Italy
    Renzo Marrocu, clarinet; Gianluca Onnis, piano
  • 28 APR 2015
    Teatro de la Cuidad Esperanza Iris, Mexico City
    Luis Humberto Ramos, clarinet; Camelia Goila, piano
  • 20 APR 2015
    Peninsula Public Library, Lawrence, NY
    Maksim Shtrykov, clarinet; Misuzu Tanaka, piano
  • 17 APR 2015
    Bad Urach, Germany
    Hubert Salmhofer, clarinet; Elisabeth Väth-Schadler, piano
  • 27 MAR 2015
    Thal bei Sulzberg, Austria
    Elisabeth Juen, clarinet; Baiba Osina, piano
  • 21 MAR 2015
    Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival
    St. Briavels, Gloucestershire
    Kate Romano, clarinet; Clare Hammond, piano
  • 20 MAR 2015
    Clapham Chamber Concerts
    St Peter's Church, Clapham, SW4
    Jonathan Parkin, clarinet; Sebastian Stanley, piano
  • 16 MAR 2015
    Delaware Clarinet Day
    University of Delaware, DE
    Robert DiLutis, clarinet; Julie Nishimura, piano
  • 16 MAR 2015
    Palau de la Musica, Barcelona
    Joan Enric Lluna, clarinet; Juan Carlos Garvayo, piano
  • 08 MAR 2015
    Seoul Arts Centre, South Korea
    Lee Hye Sun, clarinet; Ahn Hye Lim, piano
  • 17 FEB 2015
    Chichester Cathedral, W Sussex, UK
    Christopher Stripp (clarinet) Lucy Colquhoun (piano)
  • 08 FEB 2015
    Bassano del Grappa, Italy
    Duo Crocco
  • 04 FEB 2015
    New York
    Vanguel Tangarov (clarinet) Ekaterina Tangarova (piano)
  • 17 JAN 2015
    Gilching, Germany
    Zoltan Kovacs (clarinet) Eva Schieferstein (piano)
  • 06 JAN 2015
    Park Lane Group Young Artists New Year Series
    Purcell Room, Southbank, London
    Christopher Stripp (clarinet) Lucy Colquhoun (piano)
  • 06 JAN 2015
    Park Lane Group Young Artists Series
    Purcell Room at Queen Elizabeth Hall
    Susanna Fairbairn, soprano; Matthew Schellhorn, piano; Christopher Stripp, clarinet; Lucy Colquhoun, 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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