The Blue Bag

for Bb Clarinet and Piano

Adolphus Hailstork (composer)


  • Clarinet in B
  • Piano


This mysterious title is short for “blue bagatelle,” meaning a short concert piece influenced by the Blues. Hailstork has written of the work, “In the back of my mind, I carried the images and music-making of four classy-sassy ladies of song: Nancy Wilson, Lena Horne, Ella Fitzgerald, and Aretha Franklin.” While the clarinet part is almost completely written out, there are a few brief spots inviting blues-style improvisation. THE BLUE BAG was composed for clarinet legend Anthony McGill.
SKU: 114-41582
Duration: 6:00
Tempo: Moderato (q = 92)
Dedication: for Anthony McGill
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
Product Type: Score and Parts
Accompanied: Accompanied Solo
Page count: 16
Weight: 0.25 lbs.
UPC: 6-80160-61272-7
ISBN: 978-1-4911-0115-5
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