Pyotr Gekker (born 1945) — composer, graduate of the St. Petersburg Conservatoire, Honoured Art Worker of Russia, member of the Composers’ Union from 1976. The range of his partialities to modern music genres gives birth to symphonic poem, instrumental concerto, chamber music choreographic miniature, vocal cycles and music to drama performances, variety pieces and songs. The composer does not stop searching for new music elements, passionately imbibing novelties of modern music culture, sometimes plunging into the folklore depths of different ethnic cultures and epochs.
Gekker’s compositions are on roll at the Music Spring festivals, in philharmonic concerts being transmitted by mass media in Russia and abroad.
Sonata-phantasia for clarinet and piano was composed in 1992. The First Movement is framed by extensive clarinet solo — the kind of contemplations peculiar to lonely individual.
Then Allegro comes with its free sonata structure. The mood changes rather frequently, clarinet and piano burst into intense dialogue. The Second Movement is woven of steady modern rhythms, stridently evolving melodic formulae and dynamic finale from out their kernels.