Canfield: Sonata after Poulenc for clarinet and piano
Code: JP2157 ISMN: 979-0-3019-0616-3
Sonata after Poulenc was originally written for Claude Delangle, Professor of
Saxophone at the Paris Conservatoire. The music seeks to capture
something of Poulenc's ebullient spirit, and his gift for melody and
typically French harmonies. Canfield's own voice peeks through at certain
points, and he didn't worry too much about those spots, simply
concentrating on producing a piece that would be both fun to play and to
Initially, Canfield resisted publishing a version of this piece for clarinet and piano
due to his not wishing to 'compete'with composers who had written works for a given instrument
in their style, and Poulenc's own Clarinet Sonata is one of the staples of the repertory for the
instrument. However, after hearing the saxophone version of the piece performed by several gifted
players, the composer thought that it would work at least equally well on the clarinet, given that
performers on that instrument are not overly burdened with repertory in a neo-Romantic style.
There are 3 movements containing some difficult technical demands,
but also have lovely melodic writing.