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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)
  • Soloist(s)
    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
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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
  • 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
  • 27 JUN 2016
    BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
    Wigmore Hall, London
    Daniel Ottensamer, clarinet; Christopher Traxler, piano
  • 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
  • 20 MAR 2016
    Gempt-Halle Lengerich, Germany
    Ege Banaz, clarinet; Azusa Toyama, 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
  • 10 OCT 2015
    El Greco Music Festival
    Toledo, Spain
    Diana Gómez Doblado, clarinet; Ángel Molina, piano
  • 04 OCT 2015
    Bergkirchen, Germany
    Markus Schon, clarinet; Yasko Linnartz, piano
  • 04 OCT 2015
    The Hague, Netherlands
    Paul Kaiser, clarinet; Patrick Hopper, 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

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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