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Michael Daugherty

Michael Daugherty

Subtitle: For Clarinet and Band

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 27:25
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Boosey and Hawkes
Cost: Score and Parts - Rental     |     Score Only - $29.95


1. East - 7:30
2. South - 8:30
3. West - 3:35
4. North - 7:50


Full Score
B-flat Soprano Clarinet Solo
Piccolo (doubling Flute)
Flute I-II-III
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III-IV-V-VI
B-flat Bass Clarinet I-II
E-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat or C Trumpet I-II-III
Horns in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Euphonium I-II
Tuba I-II
String Bass (2)
Percussion I-II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos
  • Claves
  • Cowbell
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Guiro
  • Maracas
  • Marimba
  • Metal Pipe (large)
  • Piccolo Snare Drum
  • Ride Cymbal
  • Suspended Cymbals (small and large)
  • Tambourines (2)
  • Triangle
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone
  • Xylophone


In Parts:

  • Clarinet V-VI: mvt.IV, m.329: Missing first beat. Should read same as m.325.
  • Bass Clarinet I: mvt.IV, m.129: First note should read B-flat.

Program Notes

Brooklyn Bridge for Clarinet and Symphonic Band was commissioned by the International Clarinet Association with the assistance of the following College Band Directors National Association member institutions: the Universities of Arizona State, Columbus State, Florida State, Kentucky, Michigan, Sam Houstan State, Texas Christian, Texas Tech, Towson, and Concordia College. The world premiere was given by the University of Michigan Symphony Band under the direction of Michael Haithcock, with Michael Wayne, solo clarinet, at Carnegie Hall in New York, New York, at the College Band Directors National Convention on February 25, 2005.

Designed by John Roebling (1806-1869), the Brooklyn Bridge endures as the most admired and best-loved bridge in New York City. After the opening of the bridge to the public in 1883, Harper's Monthly reported, "The wise man will not cross the bridge in five minutes, nor in twenty. He will linger to get the good splendid view about him." As I have lingered and walked across the Brooklyn Bridge over the years, the stunning vistas of the New York skyline have inspired me to compose a panoramic clarinet concerto.

Like the four cables of webs of wire and steel that hold the Brooklyn Bridge together, my ode to this cultural icon is divided into four movements. Each movement of the clarinet concerto is a musical view from the Brooklyn Bridge: I. East (Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights); II. South (Statue of Liberty); III. West (Wall Street and the lower Manhattan skyline which was once dominated by the World Trade Towers); IV. North (Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and the Rockefeller Center). In the final movement of the concerto, I also imagine Artie Shaw, the great jazz swing clarinetist of the 1940's, performing with his orchestra in the once glorious Rainbow Room on the sixty-fifth floor of the Rockefeller Center.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

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