Originally completed in 1962, Poulenc's Sonata For Oboe And Piano had been brewing in his mind for at least five years. The last of Poulenc's trio of sonatas for woodwind instruments, he tragically passed away before it could be definitively engraved, leaving behind a work with a number of ambiguous notational marks that resulted in an incomplete first edition, published posthumously. A number of revisions have taken place, but this, expertly edited by Millan Sachania, aims to provide a playable, legible, precise and authoritative score that reflect closest Poulenc's intentions.
This new edition revises many minor details, including Piano chords, tied notes, the correction of various bars throughout as well as his crescendos during the third movement. At all points, Sachania has aimed to reproduce an authoritative and accurate score that is at once playable and a reflection of what Poulenc himself may have intended. This is a most exciting prospect considering the reputation that this work has garnered as a piece of profound poignancy. Dedicated to Sergey Prokofiev, it has been said that the mournful final movement, Déploration, is something of an obituary.
What makes this edition of Sonata For Clarinet And Piano really special is the unique download card that provides exclusive online access to demonstration and accompaniment audio tracks. Professionally-recorded by renowned oboist Christopher Cowie and pianist Huw Watkins, the demonstration track allows you to hear exactly how the piece as a whole should sound, before the independent Piano-only track lets you take the place of the Oboe in your very own performance. This is a unique opportunity for oboists to learn from an authoritative score, and play along to a special backing track, with a work that's one of the finest for the instrument ever composed.
For oboist fans of Francis Poulenc, lovers of Les Six, or just players with a proclivity for beautiful music, this edition of Sonata For Oboe And Piano has been long-awaited, and now it's available in this unique edition with accompanying download card.