Auto '66

From Wind Repertory Project
James M. David

James M David

Subtitle: Concerto for Clarinet

General Info

Year: 2011
Duration: c. 13:00
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Zodiac Pacific Music
Cost: Score and Parts (digital) - $150.00


1. Lamborghini Miura – 5:35
2. Mini Cooper 5 – 2:55
3. GTO – 4:50


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet (substitute for contra-bassoon)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Tuba I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum, small
  • Bongos
  • Brake Drum, small
  • Chimes
  • China Cymbals
  • Cowbell, small and medium
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Hi-Hat
  • Jam Blocks, small and medium
  • Marimba
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Sizzle Cymbal
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Splash Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbal, small
  • Tambourine, large
  • Tam-Tam, medium
  • Timbales
  • Tom-Tom, small
  • Vibraphone
  • Wood Block, piccolo
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The automobile, perhaps more than any other piece of technology, inspires strong emotional reactions in people, and certain cars seem to transcend their role as means of transportation to become works of art. My clarinet concerto is about three such vehicles that were built in 1966. They were chosen for their historical significance, physical beauty, and ability to inspire their owners. Further, all three cars have different national origins, which allowed me to draw from the native music for each.

First up is the Lamborghini Miura, the original mid-engine “super-car.” In this movement, the opening “coloratura” cadenza quickly leads into a breathless Italian tarantella. This is then morphed into an Afro-Cuban rhumba, a similarly energetic Latin dance in a compound meter. Finally, a brief slow section depicts the racer headed far into the distance only to suddenly and violently meet its end.

Since all cars should be fast, the usually slow middle movement is replaced with a brief scherzo that depicts the tiny British rally car known as the Mini Cooper S. Two works of Gustav Holst serve as source material: the intermezzo from his First Suite in E-flat and “Mercury” from The Planets. Motives from both pieces swirl around constantly with occasional bits of Morse code that spell out the name of the car.

Last, but never least, is the Pontiac G.T.O., the first true muscle car. Many forms of American music are on display from funk to metal to hard bop with a special nod to the legendary Artie Shaw. Percussion plays a crucial role as the famous “Amen Break” takes on several different guises. This work is dedicated to my father who taught me to love cars and bands, and to my wife who taught me to love the clarinet.

- Program Note by composer

Commissioned by a consortium of 14 universities.

- Program Note from score


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