Petite Ballade for Clarinet and Piano, Op.19
Feodor Akimenko (also Theodor and Yakimenko 1876-1945) was born in the village of Pisky near the city of Kharkov in the Ukraine. He was educated at the St. Petersburg Conservatory where he studied with Rimsky-Korsakov and Liadov. After graduating, he held teaching positions in Tbilisi, Nice, Kharkov, and Prague. He eventually emigrated to France and spent the last 20 years of his life in Paris and Nice. Stravinsky was among his many composition students. His music shows the influence of the French impressionists.
His Petite Ballade for Clarinet and Piano dates from 1903. It is a dreamy, evocative piece interspersed with contrasting, lively sections. It is a valuable addition to the repertoire of the clarinet. Long out of print, we are pleased to make it available again.