Title Wolfgang Gabriel: Sonata Op.72 (2003)
Instrumentation Solo Bass Clarinet
Range Extended-range instrument required.
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While Wolfgang Gabriel has composed several important works for bass clarinet with piano, the Sonata Op.72 was his first work for the solo bass clarinet.

The centerpiece of the Sonata is an exquisite set of variations on an original theme which forms the 2nd movement; the linear sense and delicate writing displayed in this movement are simply wonderful. The variation idea is revisited in the 4th movement, a Passacaglia which is another example of this composer's mastery of the variation form. The opening Toccata and virtuosic, clever Scherzo complete the work. The Sonata is unusual in that although the writing is lyrical and expressive throughout, the composer regularly calls for the full span of the extended-range bass clarinet. This dramatic work has a duration of approximately 21 minutes.

Syllabi/Music Lists

This publication appears in the following syllabi/prescribed music lists:

  • Texas UIL Prescribed Music List (2016-2017)

Listen to Michael Davenport's performance of the second movement as you watch the score!

Catalog Info Catalog #ALEA1021
19 pages, spiral bound