Donizetti's Primo Studio (First Study or Etude) was written
in 1821, but this music should not be thought of as "just"
an etude. It is in typical sonata form with an Exposition,
Development, Recapitulation and Coda. The performer should
be aware of these major sections and the harmonic
implications within them to help interpret the music.
Although many other etudes for clarinet were composed in
the nineteenth century, this particular work has enjoyed a
place in our solo repertoire.