for clarinet and orchestra
orch: 2,2,0,2 – 2,2,0,0 – 2 perc., str.
|Instrumentation:||Clarinet solo, 2 flutes (2nd doubles piccolo), |
2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns, 2 trumpets,
2 percussion, strings
|Dedicated to:||Sharon Kam|
The Clarinet Concerto (1996) is my first orchestral work. At that time, while living both worlds of classical music and jazz I was aiming for a piece based on the contrast between orchestra and soloist, with strong rhythmic contrasts, changing meters and mood. The clarinet, with its wide range of expression abilities ranging from a soft and melancholic to bold and humorous, was the natural choice.
The concerto is written within the traditional frame of fast, slow, fast. Sometimes, the clarinet has a dialogue with the orchestra, sometimes it is part of it. In other times it may feel that there is a friendly argument between the clarinet and the orchestra which is been happily resolved. The Clarinet concerto is dedicated to Sharon Kam.