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Sonata for clarinet and bassoon

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Sonate pour clarinette et basson
Sonata for clarinet and bassoon
Chamber music by Francis Poulenc
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, where the piece was premiered in 1923
CatalogueFP 32a
Composed1922 (1922)
Performed4 January 1923 (1923-01-04): Paris
  • clarinet
  • bassoon

The Sonate pour clarinette et basson (Sonata for clarinet and bassoon), FP 32a, is a piece of chamber music composed by Francis Poulenc in 1922. Its total execution time is approximately 7 to 8 minutes.


This sonata is the third work of chamber music of the composer after the sonata for two clarinets and the sonata for piano, 4 hands (FP 8). It was written between August and October 1922 at the same time as the Sonata for horn, trumpet and trombone (FP 33).[M 1]

Like most of the composer's chamber music pieces, with the exception of the Cello Sonata, the sonata for clarinet and bassoon has three short movements:

  1. Allegro
  2. Romance
  3. Final

This sonata is close in clarity and precision to that for two clarinets composed four years earlier.[M 1]

Reception and legacy

The sonata was premiered by the clarinettist Louis Cahuzac at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris on 4 January 1923 at a Satie-Poulenc concert organized by Jean Wiener.[1] From its creation, critiques were positive, especially those of Charles Koechlin, which Poulenc reports in one of his letters. He specifies that his master very much liked his "minions" (?), which he found very well written."[M 1] Biographer Henri Hell found that the two pieces written the same year were "acid and tender, well written for wind instruments, they had all the quality of the sonata for two clarinets, contemporary of the Trois mouvements perpétuels".[H 1]


  • Karl Laystera and Milan Turković (bassoon)
  • Paul Meyer (clarinet) and Gilbert Audin (bassoon): Francis Poulenc - Intégrale Musique de chambre - RCA Red Seal


  1. ^ According to the cover of the record Francis Poulenc - Intégrale Musique de chambre - RCA Red Seal, p. 6
  1. ^ p. 63
  1. ^ a b c p. 41
  • Hell, Henri (1978). Francis Poulenc (in French). Fayard. p. 388. ISBN 2-213-00670-9.

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