Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra

Elie Siegmeister

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Publisher: Carl Fischer Music
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Quick Overview

One day with the atmosphere of the theater in my mind, I was improvising (at the piano) and come upon an idea that interested me, without quite knowing where it would lead. Then came the idea: a jazz piece for clarinet - not any traditional kind of jazz - but my own. ... The work became a Concerto, with the clarinet pitted against and interweaving with the instruments of a chamber orchestra.

Here is a `get up and go' finale. When composing it, I wondered whether it was not moving outside of the jazz framework, but then why not? It's the way the piece wanted to travel. At times the music struggles, barbed and prickly; at other times, it races along. That the whole movement is a sonata form with development, etc., is purely incidental: why not that, too? Toward the end, the feeling of intense struggle between clarinet and orchestra mounts, until finally a clear, triumphant passage is reached (in C major, as it happens); a healthy resolution, and good-bye!

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Additional Information

Composition Date 1956
Duration 00:16:00
Orchestration Solo Cl.; 1 1 1 1 - 2 2 2 0; 2Perc. Pno. Str.