Krzysztof Penderecki

Miniatures (3) for clarinet & piano

    Description by "Blue" Gene Tyranny

    Penderecki's "Three Minatures for Clarinet and Piano", of approximately 4 minutes total duration, were created in 1956 when the composer was only 23 years old and still a music student. Like his other student work, the "Sonata for Violin and Piano" from 1953, these pieces were significantly influenced by Bartók's music. The work is dedicated to Wladyslaw Kosieradzki, who was the professor of clarinet at the Cracow Music Academy. The opening "Allegro" features a bouncy accompaniment and a jolly punctuating melody in the clarinet. The "Andante cantabile" starts with low pulsing piano clusters and an eerie, mournful clarinet melody above. The piano shifts to lovely clusters in the middle register with the clarinet pitched slightly below. The piece ends unresolved and mysteriously. The concluding "Allegro ma non troppo" is again energetic, marked con vigore, but with a somewhat serious quality, a more chromatic clarinet melody, and harsher, more massive piano clusters.


    1. Allegro
    2. Andante cantabile
    3. Allegro ma non troppo

    Appears On

    Year Title Label Catalog #
    2017 Mark / Mark Custom Recording 51608 MCD
    2015 Gramola 99073
    2014 Dux Records DUX 0780
    2013 Dux Records DUX 0931
    2012 EMI Classics
    2012 EMI Classics / Warner Classics 5099967842421
    2011 Clarinet Classics CC 0066
    2008 Teldec 4696734
    2006 Crystal Records Dist. 332
    2003 Warner Classics 7497082
    2003 Naxos 8 557052
    2002 Clarinet Classics 41
    2002 CBC Records 1016
    1999 Melisma 7170
    1995 BIS 62
    1994 Wergo 6258
    CBC Enterprises 1016