Sonatina for clarinet and piano Op.3

Sonatina for clarinet and piano Op.3

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The first public performance of William Mathias's Sonatina for clarinet and piano, Op.3 in a SPNM concert on 13 July at the Town Hall in the 1957 Festival, put the Welsh composer on the international map. This piece was written when the composer was a student, at the Royal Academy of Music in 1956. It was then performed by John Hempenstall with the composer at the piano; in Cheltenham the performers were John Davies and Else Cross. Alan Hacker also played it with the composer on a number of occasion. It was not published, however, for about twenty years, and in 1976 Mathias made a few minor textural revisions to this end. Listening today, it is fascinating to observe how many of Mathias' inimitable fingerprints are already present at such an early stage: the syncopated self-propelling rhythms, eloquent lyricism and life-enhancing exuberance. Geraint Lewisshow more

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  • Sheet music | 20 pages
  • 232 x 311 x 2mm | 87g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 0193577771
  • 9780193577770

Table of contents

Allegretto ; Lento molto cantabile ; Allegroshow more

About William Mathias

William Mathias (1934-92) William Mathias was born in Whitland, Dyfed. He studied at the University College of Wales, and subsequently at the Royal Academy of Music. From 1970-1988 he was Head of the Music Department at the University College of North Wales, Bangor. Mathias musical language embraced both instrumental and vocal forms with equal success, and he addressed a large and varied audience both in Britain and abroad. He was also known as a conductor and pianist, and gave or directed many premieres of his own works. He was made CBE in the 1985 New Year's Honours. In 1992, the year of his death, Nimbus Records embarked upon a series of recordings of his major more