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The Clarinet Sonata was written in 1979 for friend and fellow clarinettist Perry Wiseblatt. It was premiered in recital by Mr. Wiseblatt at the Long Island home of clarinetists Stanley and Naomi Drucker. The work was enthusiastically received and resulted in a private commission by Mrs. Drucker for a new work for two clarinets and piano (the work "Fantasy and Pas de Deux").
The Clarinet Sonata, has been performed several times. It is in three contrasting movements: an opening Allegro, which is serious and harmonies inspired by the composer's interest in Hindemith; the second movement offers an expansive, lyrical theme; and the final movement presents a jovial Rondo. The work clearly suggests paths the composer would take in exploring lryical thematic material and contrapuntal textures.