Saint-Saens: Clarinet Sonata Op.167
For the Urtext edition of the Clarinet Sonata Op. 167 the publishers were able to consult the autograph for the first time. ‰ÛÏAt the moment I am putting my last ounce of energy into giving seldom considered instruments an opportunity to be heard‰, Saint-SaÌÇns wrote to a friend in April of the year he died. A sonata for oboe, one for clarinet and one for bassoon were thus composed; yet he was not to hear the premieres. As far as form and inflection are concerned, the three wind sonatas Op.166 ‰ÛÒ168 hark back to the gallant style of the 18th century and thus approach the neoclassicism movement around 1920. Humour, wit and fine irony characterise these works for wind.