Concerto for Clarinet (arr Cray)

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Artie Shaw

Artie Shaw (arr. Cray)

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General Info

Year: 1941
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: U.S. Marine Band
Cost: Score and Parts – Out of print


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Program Notes

The Concerto for Clarinet is a composition for clarinet and jazz orchestra by Artie Shaw. The piece ends with a "legendary" altissimo C. The piece is a "pastiche thrown together out of some boogie-woogie blues, clarinet-over-tom tom interludes, a commonplace riff build-up towards the end, all encased in opening and closing virtuoso cadenzas for the leader's clarinet", according to Gunther Schuller.

Before his enlisted service in World War II, Artie Shaw was tasked with providing music for the movie Second Chorus which featured Fred Astaire. The film proved to be a failure, but Shaw extracted one of his works from the soundtrack, the Swing Concerto, and reworked it into his Concerto for Clarinet. The concerto was completed in 1940.

- Program Note from U.S. Marine Band concert program, 17 August 2016


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State Ratings

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  • United States Marine Band (Washington, D.C.) (Jason K. Fettig, conductor; Lucia Disano, clarinet) – 17 August 2016

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