SONATA FOR CLARINET AND PIANO

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Video of premiere performance: February 2, 2019

Lea Steffens, clarinet • Ron Levy, piano.

Recorded by Franz Pusch

I. Fanfare

The main theme is jubilant, and somewhat in the Baroque style.

II. Soft Breeze Over Moonlit Lake

The Zen-like title reflects the peaceful serenity evoked by the music

 

III. Pastorale

This movement owes some of its rustic “dancey-ness” to Beethoven's 6th symphony

 

IV. Finale

The final movement soon erupts into a volcano of intensity

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Performer Snapshot

LKLEZMER...?

Lea Steffens Lea Steffens holds the positions of bass clarinet/associate principal with the Fresno Philharmonic, principal clarinet / concertmaster with Long Beach Municipal Band, and principal clarinet with South Coast Symphony. She has performed extensively throughout the US, Europe, and Japan and has recorded movie and TV soundtracks for Sony, Walt Disney/Pixar, HBO, Universal Studios, Warner Bros., Paramount, and DreamWorks. 

I sat down with Dr. Steffens to discuss: "just HOW "Klezmer" should we go with this?..."

Score/part available at SMP Press:

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