Clarinet Quintet : clarinet with string quartet
by Gordon Kerry (2019)
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One can only hope that to compose a clarinet quintet isn't tempting fate, given that the greatest of them - Mozart's and Brahms's - are late, if not last works. Brahms had essentially decided to stop composing and set his affairs in order at around my current age, and only an unexpected experience of hearing Richard Mühlfeld's clarinet-playing spurred him to write those late masterpieces for the instrument.
It is always a pleasure to write for specific performers, and I hope this work adequately celebrates David Rowden's lyricism and technical agility, as well as the talents of those fine musicians who have formed the Omega Ensemble. In addition, I am grateful for the support of Kim Williams - himself both clarinettist and composer, and an exemplary patron of the arts.
Instrumentation: Clarinet in B flat, 2 violins, viola, cello.
Duration: 18 min.
Contents note: Grave -- Andantino con moto - meno mosso -- Allegro -- Sostenuto - moderato -- Grave.
Dedication note: Dedicated to David Rowden
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