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Publisher: Novello & Co

Clarinet Sonatina (1981)
Publisher
Novello & Co Ltd
Category
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
1981
Duration
15 Minutes
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Programme Note
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)
    CHANDOS:
  • Soloist(s)
    Sylvie Hue (cl) R. Boutry (pno)
    CODA, France, SYRIUS:
  • Soloist(s)
    Andrew Simon (cl) Klibonoff (pno)
    MUSICIANS' SHOWCASE (USA):
  • Soloist(s)
    K. Ogura (cl) M. Shiraishi
    TOSHIBA EMI JAPAN:
  • Soloist(s)
    Dusan Sodja, clarinet / Tatjana Kaucic, piano
    Corona:
  • Soloist(s)
    Murray Khouri, clarinet
    Continuum:
  • 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
    Meridian:
  • Soloist(s)
    Frederic Jacobowitz (clarinet), Andrew Gilpin (piano)
    Gilpin Publishing:
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    Ferdinand Steiner, clarinet; Faustino Quintaba, piano
    Tomtone Productions:
  • Soloist(s)
    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:
  • 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:
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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:
  • Soloist(s)
    Jaren Hinckley (clarinet) Vince Humphries (piano)
    Tantara Records:
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    Michael Collins, clarinet; Michael McHale, piano
    Chandos:
  • Soloist(s)
    Andrew Simon (clarinet) Warren Lee (piano)
    Naxos:
  • Soloist(s)
    Benjamin Feilmair (clarinet), Florian Feilmair (piano)
    Paladino:
  • Soloist(s)
    Heiner Schindler (clarinet) Olha Cipak (piano)
    Castigo:
  • Ensemble
    Bingham String Quartet and ReedPlay Saxophone Quartet
    Soloist(s)
    Victoria Soames Samek (clarinet) Michael Bell (piano)
    Clarinet Classics:
  • Soloist(s)
    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:
  • Soloist(s)
    Jonathan Parkin, clarinet; Sebastian Stanley, piano
    EMEC:
  • Soloist(s)
    Som Howie, clarinet; David Howie, piano
    Cala Records:
  • Soloist(s)
    Gianluca Campagnolo, clarinet; Francesco Scrofani Cancellieri, piano
    Vermeer:
  • Soloist(s)
    Francois Benda, clarinet; Sebastian Benda, piano
    Naxos:
  • Soloist(s)
    Francois Benda, clarinet; Sebastian Benda, piano
    Genuin Classics:
  • Soloist(s)
    Anna Hashimoto, clarinet; Rikuya Terashima, piano
    Fontec:
  • Soloist(s)
    Nadia Wilson, clarinet; Martin Butler, piano
    Prima Facie:
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    Melissa Koprowski, clarinet; Roberta Garten, piano
    Emeritus Recordings:
  • Soloist(s)
    Antonio Salguero, clarinet; Pedro Gavilan, piano
    IBS Classical:
Performances
Date
Title
  • 13 JAN 2019
    Granada, Spain
    Jose Luis Estelles, clarinet; Amaia Zipitria, piano
  • 27 JAN 2019
    Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room, UK
    Julian Bliss, clarinet; Robert Bottriell, piano
  • 17 APR 2019
    Annunziata Hall, Ravello, Italy
    Lelio di Tullio, clarinet; Paola Landrini, piano
  • 11 MAY 2019
    Dorking Halls, Surrey, UK
    James Meldrum, clarinet; Maciej Kassak, piano
  • 30 MAY 2019
    St John’s Smith Square, London, UK
    Nadia Wilson, clarinet; Martin Butler, piano

Reviews
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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