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Music for clarinet and piano : clarinet with piano

by Gerald Glynn (1971)

Music for clarinet and piano


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Music for clarinet and piano / Gerald Glynn.

Library shelf no. Q 788.62/GLY 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The clarinet is a remarkable instrument in at least two ways: it is capable of great agility and can play virtuosic passages at virtually any speed, a quality I was to exploit ten years later with a pair of solo pieces, Whirligig and Gorlywhorl. In this work, however, I set out to explore the clarinet's ability to sing long, melodic lines and phrases with supremely smooth legato. The piano accompanies these with note groups, interjections and vigorous cluster outbursts.

The work is written in both traditional and graphic notation (i.e. without bar lines). Traditional values are played relative to crotchet = 60; when note heads are not joined and have no stems, their durations are indicated by the spatial equation of 1cm = approx. 1 second.

Work Details

Year: 1971

Instrumentation: Clarinet, piano.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Professional.

Dedication note: Dedicated to Elisabeth Oudin

Commission note: This work was written with the help of a grant from the Advisory Board, Commonwealth Assistance to Composers

First performance: by David Shepherd, Gerald Glynn — 17 Feb 72. Canberra New Music Society

Performances of this work

28 Oct 2015: at Gerald Glynn Perspective (Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music). Featuring David Miller, Ros Dunlop.

18 May 89: Sydney University. Featuring Ros Dunlop, Michael Kieran Harvey.

27 Mar 87: Sydney Conservatorium. Featuring Richard Toop, Ros Dunlop.

10 Dec 81: NSW Conservatorium, Sydney. Featuring Daniel Herscovitch, Murray Khouri.

17 Feb 72: Canberra New Music Society. Featuring David Shepherd, Gerald Glynn.

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