For the first time, the autograph could be consulted for the Urtext edition of the Sonata for clarinet and piano op. 167. In the last year of his life, in April, Saint-Saëns wrote to a friend: "At this moment, I am devoting my last strength to providing the poor instruments in this respect with the means to make themselves heard". He composes a sonata for oboe and piano, one for clarinet and piano and one for bassoon and piano. He died before the creation of these works. As for form and intonation, the three Sonatas for wind instruments op. 166 -168 refer to the gallant style of the eighteenth century and thus approach the neoclassical current of the 1920s. Humor, joke and fine irony characterize these three works for wind instruments.
(Note from the editor)