Clarinet Concerto: I

Year of composition
Difficult (Grades 7+)
7 minutes
Modern classical music
Solo instrument + piano (Clarinet in Bb)
Instrumental parts
Not available

This is the piano transcription of the first movement of the Clarinet Concerto. The score shows Clarinet in A, a marking which cannot conveniently be altered. Assume that the solo part is to be played on either A or B flat instrument, to suit. The second movement was originally conceived for bass clarinet in B flat: the rather daft idea being that the soloist would use three different clarinets in performance. Much more convenient to performon one!

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The Concerto was inspired by a particularly splendid day out in Boulogne-sur-Mer, Northern France, in the company of the most excellent of friends. It involved a splendid lunch with a seafood salad of almost Rabelaisian proportions, a very moreish dry white wine and was followed by a walk on the beach where the talk was almost exclusively of what clarinets (and clarinettists) can and cannot do. All three movements were devised almost simultaneously - only the "filling out" with notes took a little time.

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