Schiff + Shifrin = great clarinet music

Clarinet color collage web2This summer David Schiff will be working on his second Nonet for string quartet and reed quintet, commissioned by Chamber Music Northwest for their 2015 season. (His first Nonet composed in 2007 is quintessential Schiff–infused with jazz and rhythmic invention reminiscent of Stravinsky.) The collaboration with CMNW and in particular David Shifrin, has produced some truly marvelous works for the clarinet spanning over many years of Schiff’s creative output.

One fine example of such a work will be the premieres by Chamber Music Northwest and the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival of his new Five Pieces and a Ghost from Debussy’s Children’s Corner for clarinet and string quartet. The work follows closely on the heels of another much-anticipated clarinet quintet by Schiff, Borrowed Times, to be published by Lauren Keiser Music, release date to be announced soon.
Schiff is also looking forward to attending the performance of his timpani concerto,Speaking in Drums with timpanist Aaron McDonald at Lake Tahoe Summerfest. More information on David Schiff’s music is available by contacting Lauren Keiser Music Publishing.

Donald Crockett – MOMA premiere, Bennington

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), NYC

Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), NYC

July 6 – to airy thinness beat for viola and six instruments at the opening concert of the Museum of Modern Art Summer Garden series in New York. Joel Sachs leads members of the New Juilliard Ensemble. Materials for this work can be obtained from our rental department.

July 24 – August 17 – he will again be at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference at Bennington College as Senior Composer in Residence. On July 26, the CMC’s Faculty Artist Concert Series will present Crockett’s  Celestial Mechanics for oboe and string quartet. Additionally, he will conduct Resident Composer Ted Hearne’s piece, crispy gentlemen, on the August 2 concert.

Fall/Spring 2014/15 – performances are lining up for the Dance Concerto for Clarinet/Bass Clarinet and Wind Ensemble, commissioned by a consortium of 22 college and university wind ensembles. For more information on Donald Crockett’s works, please contact Keiser Classical.

Stephen Hartke – Clarinet Concerto, ed. Richard Stoltzman

Hartke Cl Cto cover webAvailable through Hal Leonard, HL00127805, $39.95

This new edition offers for the first time a clarinet solo part edited with commentary by internationally-acclaimed clarinet artist Richard Stoltzman. Includes piano reduction by Sarah Gibson along with a CD containing Stoltzman’s original recording with the IRIS Chamber Orchestra.