Sonate en trio (2e ) pour hautbois, clarinette en si bémol et basson


Chamber Music


October 28, 1949


Fontainebleau, France


Reed Trio, Reed Trio



Manuscript Status

Alain Decruck Collection [Box 6]


Dédiée à Paul Siguier, Maurice Coëx et Simon Colette



1- Moderé

2- Andante amabile

3- Scherzo giocoso

Fernande Breilh-Decruck wrote seven reed trios. Her affinity for this ensemble most likely aligned with her friendship to bassoonist Fernand Oubradous, a founding member of the Trio d’Anches de Paris. Decruck’s Sonate (2e) for reed trio was originally composed in September 1945. They first version contained a fourth movement and the dedication was to the Trio d’Anches René Daraux (René Daraux, oboe; Fernand Gossens, clarinet; Ange Maugendre, bassoon). For reasons unknown, Decruck revised the trio by omitting the 4th movement and changing the dedication to Paul Siguier, Maurice Coëx, and Simon Colette. She registered the work with SACEM in 1949. It is quite possible that the work was performed on Radio Limoges since there is a reference on the manuscript score to “Siguier Radio Limoges.” 

The Sonate is made up of 3 movements. The first movement has a hazy, slow introduction with warm, jazz-inspired harmony. The short introduction leads to a flowing Allegro section in 6/8. The second movement, marked Andante Amabile, evokes the slow introduction of the first movement. The last movement is a fun and playful scherzo. Overall, this particular trio captures Decruck's multi-faceted compositional language in a neat, 10-minute package. Sonate (2e) for reed trio has been recorded by Reeds Amis (Marilyn Cole, oboe; Angela Shankar, clarinet; Melissa Kritzer, bassoon), an American reed trio.

This work is available through Éditions Billaudot and its distributors.