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Joseph Horovitz

Publisher: Novello & Co

Clarinet Sonatina (1981)
Novello & Co Ltd
Works for 2-6 Players
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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
  • 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:
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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:
  • Soloist(s)
    Margaret Wilson (clarinet) Gillian Lyons (piano)
    CD Baby:
  • Soloist(s)
    Lucia Kye; Tony Park
    Fleur de Son:
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    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:
  • Soloist(s)
    Gianluca Campagnolo, clarinet; Francesco Scrofani Cancellieri, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Francois Benda, clarinet; Sebastian Benda, piano
  • Soloist(s)
    Francois Benda, clarinet; Sebastian Benda, piano
    Genuin Classics:
  • Soloist(s)
    Anna Hashimoto, clarinet; Rikuya Terashima, piano
  • 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:
  • 27 JAN 2019
    Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room, UK
    Julian Bliss, clarinet; Robert Bottriell, piano
  • 13 JAN 2019
    Granada, Spain
    Jose Luis Estelles, clarinet; Amaia Zipitria, piano
  • 16 DEC 2018
    YST Conservatory, Singapore
    Miao Kai Wen, clarinet; April Foo, piano
  • 14 DEC 2018
    Barber Institute of Fine Arts, Birmingham, UK
    Oliver Janes Duo
  • 24 NOV 2018
    Coesfeld, Germany
    Simon Degenkolbe, clarinet; Helge Aurich, piano
  • 04 OCT 2018
    Leatherhead, Surrey, UK
    Sacha Gibbs-McPhee, clarinet; Adam Repa, piano
  • 23 SEP 2018
    Zionskirche Bethel, Bielefeld, Germany
    Jens Ubbelohde, clarinet; Elena Kassmann, piano
  • 15 SEP 2018
    Yokohama, Japan
    Anna Hashimoto, clarinet; Rikuya Terashima, piano
  • 15 SEP 2018
    Kawai Piano Gallery, Dallas, TX, USA
    Yi-Wen Chen, clarinet; Po-Chuan Chiang, piano
  • 12 SEP 2018
    Basel, Switzerland
    Pavlos Serassis, clarinet; Lukas Loss, piano
  • 30 AUG 2018
    European Clarinet Association Festival
    University Concert Hall, Győr, Hungary
    Peter Leuthner, clarinet
  • 29 AUG 2018
    Megève Festival
    Megève, France
    Dimitri Rasul-Kareyev, clarinet; Saya Hashino, piano
  • 14 AUG 2018
    Dubrovnik Summer Festival
    Rector’s Palace, Dubrovnik, Croatia
    Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Jose Gallardo, piano
  • 12 AUG 2018
    Melbourne, Australia
    Sacha Gibbs-McPhee, clarinet; Nicholas Young, piano
  • 11 AUG 2018
    Melk Abbey, Melk, Austria
    Elisabeth Riener, clarinet; Baiba Osina, piano
  • 28 JUL 2018
    Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
    Lucia Kye, clarinet; Jonathan Korth, piano
  • 27 JUL 2018
    Esens-Dunum, Germany
    Sebastian Manz, clarinet; Martin Klett, piano
  • 15 JUL 2018
    Austin, Texas, USA
    James Meldrum, clarinet; Maciej Kassak, piano
  • 13 JUL 2018
    L’Ermita, Bétera, Spain
    José Luis Estellés, clarinet; Alberto Rosado, piano
  • 07 JUL 2018
    International Music Festival
    Tarragona Conservatory, Tarragona, Spain
    Joseph Fuster, clarinet; Astrid Steinschaden, piano
  • 07 JUL 2018
    Emmanuel Church, Didsbury, Manchester
    Andrew Wilson, clarinet; Martyn Parkes, piano
  • 30 JUN 2018
    Jenisch Haus, Hamburg, Germany
    Martin Klett, piano; Sebastian Manz, clarinet
  • 25 JUN 2018
    Takasaki, Japan
    The Clarinotts
    Daniel Ottensamer, clarinet; Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Christoph Traxler, piano

    Other Dates:
    26 June - Iichiko, Oita, Japan
    28 June - Hamarikyu, Tokyo
    29 June - Shanghai, China
    30 June - Shenzhen, China
    1 July - Taipei, Taiwan
  • 14 JUN 2018
    Bechstein Centre, Frankfurt, Germany
    Miguel Dopazo, clarinet; Daniela Saavedra, piano
  • 13 JUN 2018
    St Olave Hart Street, London, UK
    Nadine Wilson, clarinet; Martin Butler, piano
  • 12 JUN 2018
    Orania, Berlin, Germany
    Andreas Ottensamer, clarinet; Julien Quentin, piano
  • 09 JUN 2018
    St. Mary's Church, Wendover, UK
    Michael Collins, clarinet; Michael McHale, piano
  • 06 JUN 2018
    Albacete, Spain
    Efren Ramos, clarinet; Ana Galindo, piano
  • 14 MAY 2018
    St James’s, Piccadilly, London, UK
    Hugo Lau, clarinet; Imma Setiadi, piano
  • 11 MAY 2018
    Dorking, Surrey, UK
    James Meldrum, clarinet; Maciej Kassak, 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,01/05/2006
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