dosblanc logoSonata opus 35b for clarinet and piano


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Sonata for clarinet is divided into six componant movements, linked in pairs, the entire sonata played without pause.

Part one consists of the exposition of the main themes - a rhapsodic opening, and the lyrical barcarolle second theme. The development section follows expanding on both initial themes before leading directly into the toccata-like Scherzo. Here the thematic materialis distinguished by register shifts. Low aggressive piano writing contrasts with the rapid clarinet part. The roles invert for the Trio section, where the piano now moves to the upper register.

Part two begins with the impressionist Nocturne, which shifts delicately between thematic elements of both the first and second themes of the sonata. A solo cadenza for the clarinet brings the movement to its transition into the next movement - Tiento, structurally a mixture of contrapuntal exposition and march-like rythmes.

Part three begins with the slow, sad Arioso movement. The piano takes the lead, keeping the entire opening of the movement to itself before the clarinet comes in. The Rondo finale works through all the expressive material of the preceding movements in reverse order.