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Concerto for clarinet and strings (clarinet with string orchestra)

by Philip Czaplowski (2001)

Audio Sample

Performance by David Thomas, Australia Pro Arte, Jeffrey Crellin from the CD Concertos plus.

Concertos plus.


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Concertos plus.

Library shelf no. CD 1530 [Available for loan]

Concerto for clarinet & strings


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Concerto for clarinet & strings / Philip Czaplowski.

Library shelf no. 784.32862/CZA 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

The concerto is in a single span lasting about 17 minutes, within which there are three easily discernible sections that correspond approximately to the traditional fast-slow-fast movement structure of a classical concerto. These sections are linked by clarinet solos, the second of which is extended to form a cadenza. The concerto also opens with a clarinet solo that presents much of the material that will subsequently be explored during the work. Reflecting my desire to use multifarious techniques to express divergent psychological states, the concerto makes use of a range of harmonic materials from tonality through chromaticism to atonality, and the work's rhythmic structures range from the quasi-improvisatory and rhythmically free solo clarinet passages, to the insistent, almost mechanical rhythms of the work's closing section.

Work Details

Year: 2001

Instrumentation: Clarinet, string orchestra.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Australia Pro Arte.

First performance: by David Thomas, Australia Pro Arte, Jeffrey Crellin — 9 Sep 01.


Performances of this work

9 Sep 01: featuring David Thomas, Australia Pro Arte, Jeffrey Crellin.

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