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Peter Maxwell Davies

Publisher: Chester Music

Clarinet Sonata (1956)
written for Harrison Birtwistle
Chester Music Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
Year Composed
25 Minutes

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Peter Maxwell Davies Clarinet Sonata (1956)
This is a dramatic, emphatic and at times extravagant piece. The first movement is a Moderato reaching through wide-flung clarinet lines and keen piano gestures to a great climax near the end. Then comes a quick movement, a kind of demonic scherzo, including a cadenza for the clarinettist. The finale is an Adagio that gradually achieves a sort of simplicity, though not before exceedingly testing times for both players.

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