Thursday, April 21, 2011

New Clarinet Chamber Music

A couple months ago I performed at the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI) National Conference at the University of Florida. It was two days full of wonderful performances and presentations, given by faculty members and graduate students from universities all over the country. It was exciting!

It was a great opportunity to hear a lot of clarinet chamber music, much of it new. In fact so much of it was new that I thought it would be interesting to list the works here so you can see what is out there and what is being performed around the country. I have included performers’ names and where possible, affiliated schools, certainly because they deserve the recognition but also so that you have a starting point if you wish to inquire about some of this repertoire.

NACWPI 2011 Clarinet chamber music

Tangent; Hugo Weisgall (1912-1997)
I. Starting Out
II. Scooting By
III. Moseying Along
IV. Taking Off

Sonatine for flute and clarinet (1931); Jean Cartan (1906-1932)

The Scott/Garrison Duo
Leonard Garrison, flute
Shannon Scott, clarinet

Wings (1981); Joan Tower (b. 1938)
Rebecca Rischin, clarinet

Eloquence II for solo clarinet (2010); Lori F. Ardovino (b. 1960)
Lori F. Ardovino, clarinet

Trío de alientos (1965, rev. 1979);Joaquin Gutierrez Heras (b. 1927)
Allegretto scherzando
Moderato espressivo e flessibile

The Sonora Reed Trio:
Christa Garvey, Oboe
Richard Fletcher, Clarinet
Kristine Fletcher, Bassoon

Euphoric Dance for Clarinet Quartet; Richard Byrd (b. 1961)
Commissioned by the Commonwealth Clarinet Quartet

Weep No More for Clarinet Quartet (2009); Elizabeth R. Austin
Commissioned by the Commonwealth Clarinet Quartet

Four Impossible Objects; Brad Baumgardner (b. 1980)
I. Devil's Fork
II. Penrose Triangle
III. Mobius Strip
Commissioned by the Commonwealth Clarinet Quartet

The Commonwealth Clarinet Quartet
John Cipolla, Western Kentucky University
Dallas Tidwell, The University of Louisville
Connie Rhoades, Eastern Kentucky University
Scott Locke, Murray State University


The Seasons;Valencio Jackson, Jr. (b. 1974)
Snow Falls
Spring Awakens
I Saw Two Clouds at Morning

Marguerite Levin, clarinet; Phillip Collister, baritone; R. Timothy McReynolds, piano

Um a Zero; Alfredo da Rocha Pixinguinha and
Benedito Lacerda
(1889-1973) and (1903-1958)

Apanhei-te Cavaquinho; Ernesto Narareth (1863-1934)

Tico-Tico no Fubá; Zequinha de Abreu (1880-1935)

Sheri Falcone, clarinet
Denise Rowan, bassoon
Rosângela Sebba, piano

Chants d’Auvergne; Joseph Canteloube
L’aio de rotso
La delaissádo
Obal din lou limouzi

Jana Young, Soprano
Margaret Donaghue Flavin, Clarinet
Russell Young, Piano

Cinq Pieces en Trio; Jacques Ibert
1. Allegro Vivo
2. Andantino
3. Allegro Assai
4. Andante
5. Allegro Assai Marziale

The Sequoia Trio; Jenni Brandon
I. Sequoiadendron giganteum, The Big Tree
Tree Interlude One
II. "A crowd of hopeful young trees and saplings..."
III. The Three Graces
Tree Interlude Two
IV. The Noble Trees

Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon; Heitor Villa Lobos
1. Anime
2. Languissammente
3. Vivo

Rebecca Henderson, oboe
Nathan Williams, clarinet
Kristin Wolfe Jensen, bassoon

Preludes, book 1 for solo clarinet; Eric P. Mandat (b 1957)
I. Illinois Central
II. the looking-glass
III. homage to P.J.
IV. spin moves
V. in Bill's back room
Amanda Morrison

Eternal Garden—Four Songs for Clarinet and Piano (2009) David Maslanka (b. 1943)
IV. Eternal Garden
Steven Becraft, clarinet
May Tsao-Lim, piano

Hommage à M. de Falla Béla Kovács (1936)

Moonflowers, Baby! A Jazz Essay for Solo Clarinet (1986); Meyer Kupferman (1926-2003)

Bruce Curlette, clarinet
Cedarville University

Gathering Threads; Elizabeth Austin
Amanda McCandless, clarinet
University of Northern Iowa


Elegie; Ferruccio Busoni

Duo Concertant; Darius Milhaud

Guy Yehuda, clarinet
University of North Florida

Colors; Roger Jones

Sandy Schwoebel, flute
Carol Christofferson, clarinet
Carol McNabb Goodwin, bassoon

Demondance (2010); Carl Vollrath

The Troy University Chamber Trio
Dr. Timothy Phillips, clarinet
Dr. James Zingara, trumpet
Dr. Hui-Ting Yang, piano

Etudes, from 32 Etudes for Clarinet and Piano; Cyrille Rose (1830-1903)
(arr. John Walker)
I. Andante cantabile
II. Allegro
IV. Allegro
VII. Allegretto
IX. Moderato assai
George Stoffan, clarinet
Kevin Orr, piano

Three Scenes (aus Goethe, Wilhelm Meister); William P. Dougherty (b. 1956)
I. Dream
II. Hall of the Past
III. Egg Dance
Leslie Marrs, Flute
Clarence Padilla, Clarinet
Nicholas Roth, Piano

Bi-Polarang; Eric Mandat (b. 1957)

Speak of the Devil Roshanne Etezady

Four Duets for Four Demi-Clarinets; William O. Smith (b. 1926)

Live Wire; Theresa Martin (b. 1979)

Robert Spring and Jana Starling, Arizona State University

Pastoral, Op. 21; Vincent Persichetti (1915-1987)

Wind Quintet No. 1, Serenade for Five Wind Instruments; Gordon Jacob (1895-1984)
I. Overture
II. Air
III. Jig
IV. Interlude
V. Theme and Variations
VI. Rondino

Walking Tune, for wind quintet; Percy Grainger (1882-1961)

Quintet for Winds No. 3; David Maslanka (b. 1943)
II. Moderate
III. Very Fast

University of Georgia Wind Quintet
Angela Jones-Reus, flute
Reid Messich, oboe
D. Ray McClellan, clarinet
Amy Marinello, bassoon
Jean Martin-Williams, horn