Sonata Cover/First Page
Michael Riddall (Dedicatee)
Video on YouTube
Gervase DePeyer and
(Clarinet and Piano)
Janet Hilton (Clarinet)
Peter Frankl (Piano)
Maciej Grzybowski (Piano) and
Julian Paprocki (Clarinet)
Performance in Warsaw
Zbijowski in conversation after the October 27, 2010 performance
6th Krakow Festival
of Polish Music, November 6, 2010
review by Malgorzata Czech (in Polish)
for Clarinet and Piano (1959) - Opus 1
webpage provides information about the André Tchaikowsky Sonata
for Clarinet and Piano - Opus 1.
László | piano
ROZMÁN Lajos | clarinet
PETO Anna Ildikó | Staging, lights, titles
SEBOK György | Video
Trafó House of Contemporary Arts
Here or image for YouTube Link
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in Concert
Uniwersytet Muzyczny Fryderyka Chopina in Warsaw presented a concert
on October 26, 2015 that featured the Andrzej Czajkowski composition,
Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. The performers were pianist Maciej
Grzybowski and clarinetist Julian
Discovery - Recording of 1964 World Premiere Performance (1969)
in a dusty used record bin in a Munich, Germany flea market is this
shellac LP recording off a BBC Radio 3 broadcast from May 24, 1969.
Recorded by the well-known W. H. Troutbeck, this BBC
Radio 3 broadcast
called "Music in our Time," featured recordings from the BBC
3 radio archive, in this case, a repeat of the original world premiere
BBC3 program from July 4, 1966. Special thanks go to Carsten Schmidt
(Berlin) for sharing this find."
recording, André Tchaikowsky plays the piano and Gervase DePeyer
is on clarinet. Below, Gervase DePeyer (left) and André Tchaikowsky
(1964 - Photo Credit, Judy Arnold Photographic Archive). Click images
below for a larger view.
player below to hear this performance.
for an mp3 file of this performance.
(October 2014) Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in Performance
A performance of the The Sonata for Clarinet took place on October 23,
2014 at the Teatr Wielki - Polish National Opera in Warsaw, Poland.
This is first in the 2014-2015 series of concerts called "Concerts
of Composers - Premieres." Click
Here to learn more about the concert from the Teatr Wielki website.
The performers were pianist Maciej Grzybowski (website)
and Julian Paprocki (website)
Here for a PDF of the concert (24 pages).
Concert Program Back
Concert Program Front
2014) Lajos Rozmán and László Borbély -
Members of the Qaartsiluni
Ensemble performed the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano in concert
on May 5, 2014 at the Trafó Theatre Hall (Budapest, Hungary).
The featured musicians were Lajos Rozmán clarinet and László
Lajos Rozmán graduated from the Budapest Academy
of Music in 1994, with additional studies at the Conservatoire
de Musique in Geneva. Rozmán also conducts and performs
at the Arcus Temporum Music Festival where he currently holds
the position of festival musical advisor. Click
Here for a festival YouTube.
László Borbély received his Doctorate
from the Liszt Academy (2014) and has been praised for his "great
virtuosity." One review included: "Borbely's execution
of Ligeti's Sixth Etude was stunning ...and... his rendition
of Bela Bartok's seldom-performed Sonata (1926) was absolutely
amazing, memorable and moving."
player below to hear this performance. (No player? Update your browser.)
2014) "Chamber Music with Piano" Conference
A featured work performed at the "Chamber Music with Piano"
conference on April 6, 2014, was the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano.
The performers were Ryszard Alzin piano and Piotr Zawadzki clarinet.
(piano) was born on October 21, 1991 in Warsaw and began piano studies
at the age of 7 with Prof. Hanna Sawicka. At the age of 16, he was a
prize winner in piano competitions in and around Poland, including first
prize winner of the Szymanowski Piano Competition in Warsaw. Ryszard
is particularity well known as the pianist for the "Starry Night
Concerts," which take place at The Heavens of Copernicus Planetarium
of Copernicus Science Centre (Warsaw).
(clarinet), born in 1988 in Warsaw, began his clarinet education with
Jerzy Czyran at the age of 10. In 2011 he graduated with honours from
the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw and spent the following
2 years (2011-13) studying under the direction of Michel Lethiec at
the Conservatoire National à Rayonnement Régional de Nice,
France. A prize winner in several competitions, Zawadzki is especially
interested in contemporary repertoire and techniques.
2013) Leeds Symposium and Concert
André's biographer, Dr. Anastasia Belina-Johnson, who is also
a Head of Classical Music department at Leeds College of Music and a
member of LUCOS (Leeds University Centre for Opera Studies), organized
a concert on André Tchaikowsky's birthday (November 1st, 2013)
dedicated to his compositions (he would have been 78 years old). Featured
was Sonata for Clarinet and Piano (1959) played by pianist Nico
de Villiers and clarinetist Janet Hilton.
Hilton - November 2013
both Arioso e Fuga per Clarinetteo Solo and Clarinet
Sonata Opus 1 (with pianist Nico de Villiers) in concert on
November 1, 2013. Learn
More about the concert.
Learn More (pdf file)
More (Blog) with this interview between pianist Nico de Villiers
and Janet Hilton.
Here (pdf) to read Nico de Villers' comments on André
2013) Warsaw Concert at Wilanów Palace
The Sonata for Clarinet and Piano was presented in concert with Maciej
Grzybowski piano and Julian Paprocki clarinet. The music from this concert
appears on the this webpage (below). The Polish clarinet virtuoso, Julian
Paprocki (born 1993), has already blazed an extraordinary career for
such a young age. Performing both classic and contemporary works, Julian
finds André Tchaikowsky's Clarinet Sonata of particular interest
and has kindly provided the following comments about his sonata performance.
Interestingly, his clarinet teacher was Krzysztof Zbijowski, whose performance
of the Sonata also appears on this webpage (below).
first performance was like some kind of magic door opening, and
now, over time, I'm understanding more and more. Under the layers
of logic, intellect, inspiration, potential and freshness, there
is an enormous abundance of ideas. The form of the work is interesting,
generally in one movement but with a multitude of developments.
It's amazing and there aren't so many compositions out there where
your can change the interpretation based on your emotions, and
it never comes out boring. Do I like this masterpiece? Yes! To
me it's one of the most interesting pieces in the 20th century
2010) 2010 Celebration Performances
In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the birth of André
Tchaikowsky (Andrzej Czajkowski) (November 1st, 1935), two sonata performances
were given in October 27, 2010 (Warsaw) and November 6, 2010 (Krakow)
by Krzysztof Zbijowski (Clarinet) and Maciej
November 6, 2010 concert, Malgorzata Czech wrote for www.polskamuza.eu:
Czajkowski music was his fate - full of pain and loneliness. It is
also music very well throughout and composed with mathematical precision.
Polyphony is a dominant texture of this music of pain and loneliness,
which could tear apart the soul of the listener, plus it put enormous
technical requirements on the performers. Yesterdays monographic concert
at the Jagiellonian Universitys Collegium Novum brought a level
of performance equal to the level of Andrzej Czajkowski's composing
skills - Masterful.
Maciej Grzybowski, in collaboration with clarinetist Krzysztof Zbijowski,
played the Sonata for clarinet, capturing perfectly the dynamics of
the sonata form in this performance.
While there are no professional recordings available for the Sonata
for Clarinet and Piano, Opus 1, several recordings are available, including
the following four recordings: André Tchaikowsky (piano) and
Janet Hilton (clarinet); Carol Archer (piano) and Gervase DePeyer (clarinet);
Maciej Grzybowski (piano) and Krzysztof Zbijowski (clarinet), and then
Maciej Grzybowski (piano) and Julian Paprocki (clarinet). The work is
in a single movement in sonata form with a free recapitulation.
Tchaikowsky, Piano - Janet Hilton, Clarinet (1973)
Archer, Piano - Gervase DePeyer, Clarinet (1987)
(Thanks to John Pope for cleaning up this file.)
Grzybowski, Piano - Krzysztof Zbijowski, Clarinet (2010)
Grzybowski, Piano - Julian Paprocki, Clarinet (2013)
published by Josef
Weinberger and appears in their catalog of André Tchaikowsky
published works. Click Here
for a PDF copy of the André Tchaikowsky Weinberger catalog.
André wrote the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Opus I, for Michael
Riddall. In this composition the clarinet portion gives the appearance
of being more difficult than it really is. The first performance of the
clarinet sonata was given by Gervase DePeyer, clarinet, and André
Tchaikowsky, piano, on July 4, 1966, for a BBC broadcast. Both the publishing
of the Sonata and the BBC performance were at the urging of DePeyer. Judy
pushed André to submit his Sonata for Clarinet and Piano to
the BBC for broadcast. In the end, it was Gervase who submitted it,
and when it was accepted, André ran away and said he didn't
want to do it, that he couldn't play the piano part. Gervase insisted,
and it was all right in the end, but only after a terrible hoo-ha."
was made of the broadcast and de Peyer sent it to music publishers,
Josef Weinberger urging them to publish the work. They agreed and, in
late 1969, it became André's first published composition. Weinberger
remained André's publisher for all of his works, except for the
"Inventions," Opus 2, which was published by Novello, but
later assigned to Weinberger.
the Musical Times music critic for newly published woodwind scores,
described the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano, Opus 1, work in March,
for Clarinet and Piano by the pianist André Tchaikowsky will
come as a surprise to many people. It is an unassuming, but well written
work of only moderate difficulty. Most of the musical interest is
melodic, with some debt to Bartok. There is no piano bravura, but
carefully imagined and sustained contrapuntal thinking.
review for newly published scores in Musical Opinion in March,
Tchaikowsky's Opus 1 is now ten years old, but it carries its age
very well. It is in one movement, dominated by a single theme which,
at first, looks serially-based, but is not. It is presented in changing
patterns, both rhythmic and melodic, and is thoroughly developed in
both instruments. Performers should find it mutually rewarding.
performances of the Sonata for Clarinet and Piano include BBC performances
with Janet Hilton, clarinet, and Peter Frankl, piano, on June 17, 1973;
and and third BBC performance with Janet Hilton, clarinet, and André
Tchaikowsky, piano. The first live public performance didn't occur until
October 27, 1985 when it was presented at Wigmore Hall as part of the
Josef Weinberger Centenary Concert Series, with pianist Julian Jacobson
and clarinetist Anthony Lamb. Gervase DePeyer played it on January 14,
1987, at Merkin Hall in New York City, with pianist Carol Archer, and
in London, on February 12, 1987, with pianist Gwenneth Pryor.
New York performance on January 14, 1987, Bernard Holland wrote in the
New York Times:
night's curious collection of clarinet pieces at Merkin Concert Hall
had a common denominator - their personal associations with the featured
performer, Gervase DePeyer. Mr. DePeyer arranged the sonatas by Handel
and Schubert and has given the premieres of all the other items on
this program except one. Of
the newer pieces, André Tchaikowsky's Sonata for Clarinet and
Piano was impressive for its sustained and tightly argued contrapuntal
thinking. Carol Archer, pianist, was an excellent partner in all this
music, especially in the Tchaikowsky piece.
description of the work is provided by music publisher Josef Weinberger:
meditative opening explores the upper and lower reaches of both instruments'
range: this is the first subject. The second subject is a brisk and
rhythmical theme announced first by the clarinet, then taken up by
the piano. A subsidiary theme follows a short cadenza and proceeds
to develop the phraseology of the second theme, with anacrusic semi-quavers
and wide intervallic movement. With the return of the broad and expansive
first subject the development section commences; however, the accompaniment
now highlights the melody by shifting from lively static octave embellishment
to flurries of movement. The clarinet eventually joins the piano in
a frenetic exchange over pedal points on A flat, and C sharp (the
enharmonic tonic, though the work is not in any particular key). The
recapitulation is fairly free in construction and includes a short
solo section for the piano which ruminates on the first subject. The
sonata closes with the clarinet becoming less apparent amidst the
piano's singing melodies and ringing chords.
material below provided by and approved by Michael Riddall, from his
work, "My Life Story:"
André Tchaikowsky who was considered to be probably the greatest
pianist of his generation by his contemporaries whom I also got
to know, such as Alfred Brendel, Fou T'song, James Galway and the
Amadeus Quartet. I became first his lover, then his protégé
at the Royal College of Music, then his personal secretary. It was
a stormy but intensely rich experience to know him, a truly exceptional
genius who not only had the proverbial ability to memorise and reproduce
at the piano whole orchestral scores after one hearing and produce
at his best performances of an incandescence that those who heard
them said they had never heard matched, but also had a wide and
deep knowledge of English, French and Russian Literature and a demonic
sense of humour and mischievousness.
was Polish Jew; mother gassed when he was two, hiding in cupboards
during the war, rescued by his grandmother and later living with
his aunt [Mala] in Paris, with whom I stayed for three months at
one point. I felt the need of help and intended to get therapy,
but he resisted the idea. I saw Dr. Malan at the Tavistock and he
said I seemed to be asking for permission, which remark unlocked
a door and I started (eclectic). Soon after this I persuaded André
to start much needed treatment himself, firstly with Graham Howe
[you can't unscramble eggs], and later he became a long-term "patient/friend/son"
of George Lyward of Finchden Manor until the latter's death.