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Sonata for Clarinet & Piano, Op. 167

edited by Paul Harvey

Composer: Camille Saint-Saëns

Publisher: Chester

$16.00

Movement/Section Duration: 16
I. Allegretto 4.5
II. Allegro animato 2
III. Lento 4.25
IV. Molto allegro 5.25
  • This edition consists of a piano score and solo clarinet part, edited by Paul Harvey.

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    Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 – 1921) was a French composer, organist, pianist, conductor, and music writer.  The Sonata for Clarinet & Piano, Op. 167 was written in 1921 as a commission from French publisher Durand.  It is dedicated "à Monsieur Auguste Périer / Professeur au Conservatoire de Musique de Paris."  This Chester edition was first published in 1980.

    Saint-Saëns' Clarinet Sonata is considered standard repertoire, and is revered for its elegance, beauty, and pristine construction.  The gorgeous opening melody in the clarinet part immediately establishes the lyrical and expressive sensations which pervade the entire work.  While never crossing into virtuosic flair, the second and fourth movements provide more sprightly and lively lines.  The sorrowful third movement conjures the sonorities of the organ, the instrument for which Saint-Saëns' skills were renowned.  It concludes with ethereal, gently-ascending chords in the piano that seamlessly usher in the final movement.  The closing movement features a gentle, almost nostalgiac restatement of the first movement's opening melody.  Overall, Saint-Saëns's writing is idiomatic to the clarinet, with the technique closely following traditional "Western" scale and chord patterns.  The traditionally-Classical forms employed in the Sonata reflect the composer's staunch reverence for his predecessors, chiefly Mozart and Bach.

    Quick facts
    Range: highest pitch = written A6
    Key signature: 1♭, 2♭, 4♭
    Time signature: 12/8, 2/2, 3/2, 4/4

    A general analysis of the work can be found in Albert Rice's book, Notes for Clarinetists: A Guide to the Repertoire.

    The score has a transposed clarinet part, so it is possible to read directly.  

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  • Pages: 9

    Pages (score): 23


    Publisher Code: CH55238

    UPC: 752187440567

    ISBN: 9780711920224

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    Length: 30.5 cm

    Width: 22.8 cm

    Thickness: 0.271 cm


    Weight: 142 g