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Concerto for Two Clarinets and Orchestra, Op. 91, Op. 77, No. 2 (1814?/2017)

For Two Clarinets and Clarinet Choir

Recording:

Jun Qian, Andrew Marriner, solo clarinets; Baylor Clarinet Choir

Duration: 23'30"

  1. I. Allegro
  2. II. Adagio
  3. III. Alla polacca

Instrumentation:

  • Solo Bb Clarinet 1
  • Solo Bb Clarinet 2
  • ---
  • Eb Clarinet
  • C Clarinet 1 (sub: Bb Clarinet 4)
  • C Clarinet 2 (sub: Bb Clarinet 5)
  • Alto Clarinet 1 (sub: Basset Horn 1)
  • Alto Clarinet 2 (sub: Basset Horn 2)
  • Bass Clarinet 1
  • Bass Clarinet 2
  • ---
  • Bb Clarinet 1 (divisi a2)
  • Bb Clarinet 2 (divisi a2)
  • Bb Clarinet 3 (divisi a2)
  • Bass Clarinet 3
  • Contra-Alto Clarinet (Sub: Contrabass Clarinet)

Program Notes:

I first met Jun Qian in the fall of 2014 when he came to Eastman to give a masterclass and perform "Freebirds" with Ken Grant (his former teacher) and the Eastman Wind Ensemble, of which I was a part. As an encore, they performed the final movement of Krommer's "Concerto for Two Clarinets, Op. 91", in an original arrangement by conductor Mark Davis Scatterday. Several years later, Jun got in contact with me to purchase several of my transcriptions for clarinet choir, and then commissioned some additional transcriptions. I feel it is only fitting that this be the first of these commissions to be completed.

Krommer composed two concertos for two clarinets; this is the second of the two.