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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:
  • Soloist(s)
    Andrew Simon (cl) Klibonoff (pno)
  • Soloist(s)
    K. Ogura (cl) M. Shiraishi
  • Soloist(s)
    Dusan Sodja, clarinet / Tatjana Kaucic, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Murray Khouri, clarinet
  • 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
  • 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:
  • 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:
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    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:
  • Soloist(s)
    Ona Cardona (clarinet) Timothy Lissimore (piano)
    Columna Musica:
  • Soloist(s)
    Margaret Wilson (clarinet) Gillian Lyons (piano)
    CD Baby:
  • Soloist(s)
    Lucia Kye; Tony Park
    Fleur de Son:
  • Soloist(s)
    Jaren Hinckley (clarinet) Vince Humphries (piano)
    Tantara Records:
  • Soloist(s)
    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
  • Soloist(s)
    Som Howie, clarinet; David Howie, piano
    Cala Records:
  • 06 JUL 2017
    Wigmore Hall, London
    Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Jose Gallardo, piano
  • 11 MAR 2017
    Oxshott and Cobham Music Society
    Holy Trinity, Claygate, Surrey
    Julian Bliss, clarinet; Robert Bottriell, piano
  • 24 FEB 2017
    Münster University, Germany
    Andreas Ottensame, clarinet; Jose Gallardo, piano
  • 09 FEB 2017
    Bürgenstock Festival
    Lucerne, Switzerland
    Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Jose Gallardo, piano
  • 16 JAN 2017
    McGill University, Montreal
    Christine Carter, clarinet; Martin Karlicek, piano
  • 04 NOV 2016
    Konzerthaus, Dortmund, Germany
    Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Jose Gallardo, piano
  • 18 OCT 2016
    Centro Cultural Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Giuliano Rosas, clarinet; Lidia Bazarian, piano
  • 30 SEP 2016
    Cuenca, Spain
    Daniel Broncano, clarinet; Mario Mora, piano
  • 28 SEP 2016
    Ravello, Italy
    Lelio Di Tullio, clarinet; Paola Landrini, piano
  • 21 SEP 2016
    Xinghai Conservatory of Music Festival
    Xinghai Conservatory of Music, Guangzhou, China
    Janet Hilton, clarinet; Jakob Fichert, piano
  • 18 SEP 2016
    Stetson University, FL
    Jessica Speak, clarinet; Tammy Miller, piano
  • 11 SEP 2016
    Club Musical de Quebec, Canada
    Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Jose Gallardo, piano
  • 08 SEP 2016
    Park Avenue Armory, NYC
    Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Jose Gallardo, piano

    Other Dates:
    9 September - Park Avenue Armory, NYC
  • 21 AUG 2016
    San Nicolo, Venice
    Selene Framarin, clarinet; Alfonso Albert, piano
  • 17 AUG 2016
    Antioquia University, Colombia
    Marco Bonfigli, clarinet; Sebastien Collazos, piano
  • 06 AUG 2016
    Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
    Charles West, clarinet; Yin Zheng, piano
  • 04 AUG 2016
    Nerja, Spain
    Daniel Broncano, clarinet; Mario Mora, piano
  • 01 AUG 2016
    Burgh House, Hampstead, London
    Som Howie, clarinet; David Howie, piano
  • 30 JUL 2016
    Summer Concerts at Grochowskiej
    Summer Concerts at Grochowskiej, Warsaw
    Malgorzata Jonczyk, clarinet; Piotr Kopczynski, piano
  • 29 JUL 2016
    Palazzo del Vignola, Todi, Italy
    Andrew Michael Simon, clarinet; Warren Lee, piano
  • 23 JUL 2016
    Verbier Festival
    Verbier Festival, Switzerland
    Andreas Ottensame, clarinet; Christoph Traxler, piano
  • 14 JUL 2016
    Bogota, Columbia
    Kevin Motta, clarinet; Miyer Garvin, piano
  • 03 JUL 2016
    Ahrenshoop, Germany
    Melina Paetzold, clarinet; Dorothea Ramsenthaler, piano
  • 27 JUN 2016
    BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime Concert
    Wigmore Hall, London
    Daniel Ottensamer, clarinet; Christopher Traxler, piano
  • 22 JUN 2016
    All Saints, Hove, Sussex
    Steve Dummer, clarinet; Stephen Higgins, piano
  • 18 JUN 2016
    New Mills, High Peak, Derbyshire
    Marple Choral Society

    Other Dates:
    25 June - Marple Methodist Church, Manchester
  • 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
  • 23 MAY 2016
    Kassel, Germany
    Philip Epstein, clarinet; Annika Rauschel, piano
  • 21 MAY 2016
    Sagunto, Spain
    Elisa Lopez, clarinet; Janmarteen van der Mark, 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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