Printed set (Score & Parts)
4 Bb Clarinets
Eb Alto Clarinet
Bb Bass Clarinet
Eb Contra-alto Clarinet
This work was commissioned by Kurahachi (Community Band of Sagamihara) Clarinet Ensemble in August 2002, premiering at the group' s ensemble competition. It is an octet of 1 Eb Cl./4 Bb Cl./1 A.Cl./1 B.Cl./1 CA.Cl. The piece was recorded by the Hobereaux Clarinet Ensemble "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" (KOCD-2514) in 2005.
The a/b/a work is essentially fast-slow-fast. It starts with Allegro molto, suddenly changes to Allegretto, pi? mosso e accel., then enters Andante. Finally it returns to the introductory theme with Allegro molto. Although it is technically considered a little advanced, it is often used for ensemble contests.
The tempo at the beginning is specified as ? = 160, but it can be a little slower if preferred. Just be careful not to lose the sense of momentum. Also, clearly express the differences in note values and articulations.
From rehearsal number 52, pay attention to the overall balance, rhythmic blending, and the tempo change of poco a poco accel. From 76, approach Andante of 94 with increasing momentum.
From 94, relax and play with ease. 110 is the same tempo as beginning. Clearly express the difference in note values and articulations as well. There is also poco a poco accel, and make sure to keep driving to the finale.
I would like you to play with a full, rich sonority so as not to make the sound quality too harsh overall.