My Sonata for Solo Clarinet was the last work I wrote as an undergraduate student in 1980. The piece owes something to the influence of my then teacher. This quality is expressed in the virtuosic character of the piece and the somewhat dark, reflective quality of it. I was to come to know that both of these qualities actually are hallmarks of my mature work.
The piece is a cast as a Sonata movement framed by two preludes. The first being of tentative, yet insistent character. The final movement is something of a moto perpetuo with declamatory, trumpetlike interjections. The central Sonata movement is cast as an elaborate type of Sonata/Variation form all drawn from the initial material.