All titles of the three movements reflect the character of the composed music. The initial movement opens with mysterious articulations, and is contrasted with sprightly secondary thematic material. After a somber and dramatic slow movement is concluded by a grand piano and clarinet flourish, a lilting festive dance movement completes the work.
Architectonic procedures of form are expressed in each movement in a non-doctrinaire postmodern manner, with an abundance of cyclical elements throughout. The work is performed attacca.
Harvey J. Stokes
Duration of movements
I. Polemic ca. 7’ 00”
II. Lamentation ca. 11’ 30”
III. Dance ca. 7’ 30”
Total Duration: ca. 26’ 00″
(Solo Clarinet and Chamber Orchestra)
French Horn in F
Trumpet in C (with con sord. straight mute)
Trombone (with con sord. straight mute)
(Beginning pitches: 32” [F-sharp]; 29” [G-sharp]; 26” [c-sharp])
Solo Clarinet in A
The Clarinet Concerto is published by Ars Nova Press of Seattle, Washington.