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Blues for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble

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Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis (arr. James Spinazzola)

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General Info

Year: 2015 /
Duration: c. 8:15
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Original Medium: Violin and orchestra
Publisher: Subito Music
Cost: Score and Parts - In press 2022


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Program Notes

Adapted and arranged by James Spinazzola from the third movement of Marsalis’s Violin Concerto in D, Blues presents a more lyrical and deeply emotional side to Marsalis’s stylistically wide-ranging oeuvre, and was originally written for violinist Nicola Benedetti. The solo clarinet soars above the texture with delicate and doleful licks, always supported by the shuffles, swells, and sighs of the ensemble beneath. The extreme expressive contrasts in this movement -- oscillating between “flirtation, courtship, intimacy, sermonizing, final loss and abject loneliness” -- come together to build a profound sense of grand narrative.

In the liner notes for the Concerto, Marsalis writes: “We believe that all human beings are connected in the essential fundamentals of life: birth, death, love, and laughter; that our most profound individual experiences are also universal (especially pain); and acknowledging the depth of that pain in the context of a groove is a powerful first step towards healing.”

- Program Note from Cornell University Wind Symphony concert program, 18 February 2022


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Marsalis, W. (2015). Concerto in D for Violin and Orchestra [score]. Wynton: [United States].
  • Wynton Marsalis website Accessed 17 February 2022