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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
  • 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:
  • 09 JUL 2015
    Ludwigsburg Festival
    Residenzschloss Ludwigsburg, Germany
    Patrick Hollich, clarinet; Frank Dupree, 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
  • 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
  • 01 DEC 2014
    Amaryllis Fleming Concert Hall, RCM, London
  • 22 NOV 2014
    Chamber Music Festival Napolinova
    Chamber Music Fesitval Napolinova, Ospedaletto, Italy
    Massimo Buonocore, clarinet; Margherita Coraggio, piano
  • 19 NOV 2014
    Skofja Loka, Slovenia
    Dusan Sodja (clarinet) Tatjana Kaucic (piano)
  • 10 NOV 2014
    Park Lane Group Series
    St James' Church, Piccadilly, London
    Christopher Stripp (clarinet) Lucy Colquhoun (piano)
  • 10 NOV 2014
    Ostrava, Czech Republic
    Joan-Enric Lluna (clarinet)
  • 09 NOV 2014
    Sydney Opera House, Australia
    Andreas Ottensamer (clarinet) Alex Raineri (piano)
  • 25 OCT 2014
    Tunbridge Wells International Festival
    Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK
    Michael Collins (clarinet) Nigel Clayton (piano)
  • 23 OCT 2014
    Hotel Seeburg, Lucerne, Switzerland
    Pablo Barragan (clarinet) Tomasz Trzebiatowski (piano)
  • 06 OCT 2014
    Villa Rufolo, Ravello, Italy
    Lelio di Tullio (clarinet) Paola Landrini (piano)
  • 04 OCT 2014
    Clarinettissimo 2014
    Seattle Pacific University
    Robert DiLutis (clarinet)
  • 27 SEP 2014
    Rostock, Germany
    Heiner Schindler (clarinet) Olha Chipak (piano)
  • 16 SEP 2014
    Belmont, MA
    Marguerite Levin (clarinet) Sayuri Miyamoto (piano)
  • 29 JUN 2014
    Sava, Taranto, Italy
    Luigi Di Fino (clarinet) Paolo Cuccaro (piano)
  • 29 JUN 2014
    Royal Overseas League, London
    Mark Walton (clarinet) David Miller (piano)
  • 17 JUN 2014
    Fairfield Halls, Croydon, UK
    Fraser Langton (clarinet) James Willshire (piano)
  • 04 JUN 2014
    Slovenic Philharmonic Hall, Llubljana; Slovenia
    Dusan Sodja and Tatjana Kaucic
  • 17 MAY 2014
    St Luke's Music Society, London
    Michael Collins (clarinet) Michael McHale (piano)
  • 16 MAY 2014
    Union Hall, Maribor, Slovenia
    Dusan Sodja (clarinet) Tatjana Kaucic (piano)
  • 30 APR 2014
    Sydney Conservatorium, Australia
    Janet Hilton (clarinet), Jeanell Carrigan (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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