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Rodgers, Sarah: Spanish Sonata for Clarinet and Piano

£9.75

Standard: Advanced

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Description

Spanish Sonata is written in a lively and approachable idiom that will appeal to many players and their teachers. In three widely contrasted movements, it looks set to become a regular concert item, and reflects the diverse interests of its composer, Sarah Rodgers, in the many popular and folk idioms of contemporary music.

Review

As implied in the title, there is a distinctly Hispanic mood informing all three movements. It was written by Sarah Rodgers for a concert tour of Spain by Geraldine Allen in 1990.

The first movement opens with a cadenza (which includes a brief flutter-tongued section in the lowest register), then proceeds with a movement that has three different tempi, two quite slow, one fast.

The second movement entitled ‘The Rod of Sorrow’ is a lament that requires brief improvised flourishes. The final, alternating 3/4 and 6/8, sounds a distant cousin of Rodrigo’s Concerto de Aranjuez. It is full of rhythmic teases, giving it great vitality.

This is a very impressive work, substantial and enjoyable.
Gordon Egerton, Music Teacher Magazine

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