Donald Crockett’s Dance Sonata and Oberlin Performance

2016 CrockettUSCKeiser Classical will publish Donald Crockett’s Dance Sonata for clarinet/ bass clarinet and piano this spring. The work was originally conceived as his “Dance Concerto” which was scored for mixed accompaniment of eight instruments for the 21st Century Consort, premiered in April 2013. Following that, a wind ensemble accompaniment was commissioned and premiered by a consortium of CBDNA member band directors. The sonata is a fully independent piece, but it can also be used by a soloist preparing a performance with any version of the work as all share the same musical material. For more information, write to Keiser Classical.

Crockett’s work Tracking Inland for flute, clarinet (doubling bass clarinet), harp and string quartet will be performed at Oberlin Conservatory on May 5 by the Oberlin Contemporary Ensemble conducted by Tim Weiss.

David Schiff Two New Work Premieres

Composer David Schiff

Composer David Schiff

David Schiff enjoyed two premieres over Summer 2015 in Portand.  Five Pieces and a Ghost from Debussy’s Children’s Corner for clarinet and string quartet was premiered on July 2 at the Portland Art Museum as part of Chamber Music Northwest summer music, performed by the David Shifrin on clarinet with the Jasper String Quartet.  Also, Nonet No. 2 for Reed Quintet and String Quartet, also part of Chamber Music Northwest, was premiered on July 23, 2015 by the Dover String Quartet and Akropolis Reed Quintet.

Both titles available this Spring from Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.  Please contact the publisher for details.

Charles Neidich – Cavallini and Jeanjean Editions

With the release of new editions by acclaimed clarinetist Charles Neidich this season, we also wanted to acquaint our readers to two outstanding previously issued publications that make significant contributions to the clarinet literature~

Cavallini coverErnesto Cavallini: 30 Caprices for Clarinet
With 2 Full Performance CD’s
Edited and Recorded by Charles Neidich

Excerpts from the Editor’s notes:

Called the Paganini of the Clarinet by the English clarinet virtuoso, Henry Lazarus, Ernesto Cavallini was a respected friend and colleague of the most important Italian composers of his day, including Rossini, Donizetti, and Verdi. Cavallini wrote his 30 Caprices in five volumes, each including pieces for both technical and musical study. He was intensely interested that the Caprices be not merely technical exercises, but studies in style and phrasing: an introduction to the new expressive force of the new music of his time. With this in mind, he made numerous expressive indications in his etudes which went beyond the standard markings of crescendo, diminuendo, accelerando, ritardando. I have restored these markings and have included translations at the end of the volume. The noteworthy feature of this edition is the recording I have included with my performances of the Caprices. Rather than clutter Cavallini’s already expressively notated scores with still more markings, I offer the recording as a window into the “bel canto” style of the etudes and as models of the kind of performance to which the student should aspire. Order from your favorite retailer or through Hal Leonard.

Jeanjean coverPaul Jeanjean: 18 Etudes for Clarinet (Etudes de perfectionnement)
With 2 Full Performance CD’s
Edited and Recorded by Charles Neidich

Excerpts from the Editor’s notes:

Since I first played them as a student, I have had a special love for Jeanjean’s 18 Etudes de peifectionnement. Paul Jeanjean, who was principal clarinetist of the Garde Republicaine Band and later of the Monte Carlo opera, was, obviously, a musician of the greatest sensitivity. His etudes are highly developed concert works that can make for very impressive additions to recital programs. Jeanjean did not want players of his etudes to simply be concerned with learning the notes. He hoped his etudes would help educate clarinetists to hear and appreciate the new music of his time. The noteworthy feature of this edition is the recording I have included with my performances of the etudes. Rather than clutter Jeanjean’s already expressively notated scores with still more markings, I offer the recording as a window into the modern, yet romantic style of the etudes and as models of the kind of performance to which the student should aspire. Order from your favorite retailer or through Hal Leonard.

David Schiff’s “Infernal” at Oregon Symphony & Ellington-Strayhorn Tribute

Composer David Schiff

Composer David Schiff

The Oregon Symphony will perform David Schiff’s “Infernal” on Nov. 7th -8th, 2015. Commissioned and recorded by Seattle Symphony Orchestra/ Gerard Schwarz, Starbucks Label, “Infernal” came about from a Seattle Symphony project to produce a series of recordings containing new contemporary works based on an older piece of music. As the composer explains, “I thought for about 30 seconds and then said I would base my piece on the ‘Infernal Dance’ from Stravinsky’s ‘Firebird Suite’. My piece, ‘Infernal,’ is a double homage to Stravinsky and Henry Mancini.” This performance will be the first given in several years by the major orchestra of Schiff’s home state.

The composer’s new work “Ducal Duo” will be premiered by David Shifrin on clarinet and Darrell Grant playing piano on November 6th, 2015 as part of “Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn: A Celebration.” at Reed College in Portland, Oregon.