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Sonata for Clarinet & Piano (score, clarinet part, & audio)

edited by Richard Walters & Todd Levy

Composer: Leonard Bernstein

Publisher: Boosey & Hawkes

$25.00

Movement/Section Duration: 10.5
I. Grazioso 3.75
II. Andantino – Vivace e leggiero 6.75
  • This edition consists of a piano score and solo clarinet part, edited by Richard Walters using Bernstein's pencil manuscripts of the clarinet and piano score, and also the separate clarinet part.  Also included is an audio CD of the piano accompaniment and a full performance, recorded by Todd Levy and Jeannie Yu.

    This edition is also available without the companion audio CD.

    Leonard Bernstein (1918 – 1990) was an American composer, conductor, pianist, and author.  The Sonata for Clarinet & Piano was composed between September 1941 to February 1942, and is dedicated to his personal friend, David Oppenheim.  The world premiere was performed by David Glazer with Bernstein on piano at the Institute of Modern Art, Boston, MA, USA on April 21, 1942.   Oppenheim gave the New York premiere with Bernstein a year later at the New York Public Library, in NY, USA.  The Sonata was Bernstein's first published composition, and his only sonata for a wind instrument.

    The two movements provide starkly contrasting moods.  The first has mostly sustained, lyrical lines, with markings of grazioso and legatissimo; the tempi follow a general "arch" form, gaining energy into the middle and then gradually receding towards the end.  The second movement is packed with syncopation and jazzy flourishes, predominantly in 5/8 time.  The rhythms and meter changes in this second movement, especially in the last 20 or so measures, will surely present the most challenge in coordination with pianist.  Overall, Bernstein's Sonata mixes the classical and jazz qualities clarinet and eschews the traditional formal sonata structure to produce a gem of American clarinet literature.

    Quick facts
    Range: highest pitch = written G6
    Key signature: no ♯/♭
    Time signature: 2/2, 3/2, 3/8, 4/8, 5/8, 6/8, 8/8, 4/4, 3/4, 5/4, 7/8, 9/8

    Gary Gray's suggestions for interpretation can be found in The Clarinet magazine, Volume 46 No. 1. 
    The second movement has been arranged for clarinet duet by Paula Corely as a study aid; it can be found on The Clarinet magazine's website.

    An excellent preface provides biographical information about the composer, as well as more a specific context surrounding the time of the composition.  Also included is Todd Levy's writing on performance interpretations.

    The score is in concert pitch.

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  • Pages: 7

    Pages (score): 20


    Publisher Code: M051105656

    UPC: 884088408398

    ISBN: 9781423482741

    ISMN: 9790051105656


    Length: 30.4 cm

    Width: 22.9 cm

    Thickness: 0.337 cm


    Weight: 190 g