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SONATA in Eb major Op.167

SONATA in Eb major Op.167

Composer:Saint-Saens, Camille (1835-1921)
Instrumentation:cl. pft.
Publisher Ref:HN965
This is one of three wind sonatas which Saint-Saens wrote in the last year of his life but his style is very much of the early twentieth century - not what might have been expected from a composer in his mid eighties.

Price: £14.99
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Arranger:Jost, Peter
Skill Level:E
Duration:17'00
Publisher:G. Henle Verlag
Year of Issue:2010
ISMN:M201809656
ISBN:none specified
For this Urtext edition of the Clarinet Sonata op. 167 Henle Verlag were able to consult the autograph for the first time. “At the moment I am putting my last ounce of energy into giving seldom considered instruments an opportunity to be heard”, Saint-Saëns wrote to a friend in April of the year he died. A sonata for oboe, one for clarinet and one for bassoon were thus composed; yet he was not to hear them performed. As far as form and inflection are concerned, the three wind sonatas op. 166 –168 hark back to the "gallant" style of the 18th century in that not a single movement follows traditional sonata form and the works are not conceived as an organically developed whole, but as a collection of characteristic pieces, similar to a suite. But the contemporary harmony, wit and irony of these late works by Saint-Saens are in keeping with the neo-classicism of the younger composers of the 1920's and contradict the clichéd view of an ageing, out-of-touch composer.


  • Allegretto
  • Allegro animato
  • Lento
  • Molto allegro


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