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Clarinet Quintet : clarinet with string quartet

by Gordon Kerry (2019)

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It is listed in our catalogue because an event featuring a performance of this work was included in our calendar of Australian music. Details of this performance are listed below.

Work Overview

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.

Work Details

Year: 2019

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

Commission note: Commissioned by Omega Ensemble with funds provided by Kim Williams.

First performance: by Omega Ensemble at Omega Ensemble: Gordon Kerry's Clarinet Quintet (Live streaming event (online only)) on 12 Sep 2020

Performances of this work

26 Mar 2021: at Omega Ensemble: Night and Now (Melbourne Recital Centre, Primrose Potter Salon). Featuring Omega Ensemble.

6 Mar 2021: at Adelaide Festival 2021 - Here I Am (UKARIA Cultural Centre). Featuring Jason Noble, Australian String Quartet.

27 Feb 2021: at Omega Ensemble: Night and Now (Sydney Opera House, Utzon Room). Featuring Omega Ensemble.

26 Feb 2021: at Night and Now (Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre). Featuring Omega Ensemble.

20 Feb 2021: at Omega Ensemble: Night and Now (Newcastle City Hall). Featuring Omega Ensemble.

12 Sep 2020: at Omega Ensemble: Gordon Kerry's Clarinet Quintet (Live streaming event (online only)). Featuring Omega Ensemble.

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