Clarinet Sonata (Howells)

Herbert Howells's sonata for the clarinet in A in two movements was written in 1946. It was written for British clarinet player Frederick Thurston and was the composer's last major chamber work.[1]

The music is typical of Howells's improvised sound world and is technically challenging, with sweeping arpeggiated figurations. The piece is also available transcribed for the B♭ clarinet from Boosey and Hawkes's music archive.

It has been conjectured that the work is based on a sonata written for oboe, but withdrawn following criticisms by its original dedicatee, Léon Goossens.[2]

The two movements have the main tempo indications:

  1. Con moto, dolce e con tenerezza
  2. Allegro, ritmico, con brio


  1. "Robert Plane - Discography". Retrieved 2007-01-02.
  2. "Review of a recording of the Howells Clarinet Sonata". Retrieved 2007-01-02.


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