Sonata for Clarinet and Piano


Richard Dudas – Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (2004)
I. Andantino (0’00” – 5’52”)
II. Andante (5’52 – 10’43”)
III. Allegro giocoso (10’43” – 16’11”)

Music ©2004 Richard Dudas. Performed by Pete Furniss, clarinet, and David Leiher-Jones, piano, James Shannon, recording engineer.

An even more energetic performance can be found on the CD recording by the same performers, below.



Recorded by Peter Furniss and David Leiher Jones, 2007
CD release on “Time Pieces”, Clarinet Classics CC0054
Also available on the Apple iTunes Store: tracks 8, 9 and 10 are the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.

“… rhapsodic and energetic in an appealing and individual style.” — Andrew Roberts (


Sonata for Clarinet and Piano is published by Swirly Music, Catalog No. SWM-101.

ISBN: 978-1-941358-00-9

Program Notes

Sonata for Clarinet and Piano is dedicated to all my clarinetist friends, from A to Z, from those wondrous years at the Liszt Ferenc Zeneművészeti Főiskola in Budapest and at the University of California, Berkeley:

Adrian, David, Jutta, Lajos, Peter, Rane, Susanna, Zsuzsa

The first movement is cast formally as a traditional sonata movement, although harmonically it makes forays into key centers quite remote from its structural centers of gravity, based on D♭. The second movement is a contemplative aria for the clarinet with a hint of that mid-20th century “Americana” feel. In spite of its apparent modal harmony, it is primarily dodecaphonic writing! The third movement is a playful rondo, owing more to the rondeaux of Couperin and earlier instrumental consort music (in particular the dance music of the Renaissance, with its myriad syncopations, hemiola and polyrhythms) than to the usual 19th century rondo.