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Songs : for clarinet in A and/or viola with piano and opt. 'cello

by Simon Reade (2015)

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Performance by Jože Kotar, Luca Ferrini from the CD Music from the islands

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Music from the islands : ...between the mainland and the sea... / Jože Kotar, clarinet, Luca Ferrini, piano.

Version: This product features the Clarinet with piano version of this work

Library shelf no. CD 2895 [Not for loan]

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Work Overview

These four songs are all quite recent, two from my settings of Michael Dransfield for alto voice and piano, two instrumental songs written more recently and originally for my own instrument, the 'cello.

I have reworked these songs for what essentially is clarinet and piano, however in the spirit of the romantic period, I have given other performance options (as was the want of composers and publishers in the 19th century). Perhaps also in the spirit of gaining a performance - a very 21st century concern for a composer.

The cycle is written 'hommage à Robert Schumann' in tribute to that great composer of both Lieder as well as wind chamber music. Additionally, the combination of clarinet, viola and piano is tribute to one of my very favourite works - "hommage à R. Sch." by György Kurtág.

Work Details

Year: 2015

Instrumentation: Clarinet in A and/or viola, piano, optional cello.

Duration: 13 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Contents note: I. In Edinburgh (from 'Three songs of Michael Dransfield') -- II. Elegos I -- III. To the colour brown (from 'Three songs of Michael Dransfield') -- IV. Lullaby for Callum (from Sonatina 8).

First performance: by Derek Grice, Gabi Robin, Kate Calwell, Michael Kieran Harvey — 12 Nov 16. Hobart Town Hall


'Lullaby for Callum', from Songs
Songs for clarinet and piano

Performances of this work

12 Nov 16: Hobart Town Hall. Featuring Derek Grice, Gabi Robin, Kate Calwell, Michael Kieran Harvey.

4 Mar 16: The Barn at Rosny Farm, Clarence, Tasmania. Featuring Joe Kotar, Luca Ferrini.

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