Concerto for Clarinet and Band (Bolcom)

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William Bolcom

William Bolcom

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General Info

Year: 1988 / 2015
Duration: c. 23:30
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: E.B. Marks
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - Rental


1. Allegro – 9:10
2. Cantabile - 7:25
3. Scherzo – Finale – 6:20


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Program Notes

In the 1970s, the New York Philharmonic commissioned a number of composers to write concertos for the principals in each section, and I had been asked by my friend, first trumpeter Gerard Schwarz, to write one for him. He then quit the orchestra to begin his career as a full-time conductor, thus disqualifying himself for the commission, and it was another decade before principal clarinetist Stanley Drucker would request a concerto. This was premiered on January 3, 4 and 7, 1992, by Mr. Drucker and conductor Leonard Slatkin with the New York Philharmonic.

Many years before, the late clarinetist and producer David Oppenheim had tried to arrange a commission for me from Benny Goodman which never took place, but many "Benny-isms" crop up throughout the Concerto. The first movement is in roughly Sonata-Allegro form and has a strong Goodman nuance, as does the slow 12-beat-to-the-bar second movement. The last movement alternates a Brazilian chorinho with an ebullient Ravelian waltz.

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State Ratings

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  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Patricia Cornett, conductor; Wendy Bickford, clarinet) - 15 February 2023
  • University of North Texas (Denton) Wind Symphony (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor; Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinet) – 7 April 2022
  • University of Texas (Austin) Wind Ensemble (Jerry Junkin, conductor; Anthony McGill, clarinet) – 4 November 2018
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) Symphony Band (Michael Haithcock, conductor; Chad Burrow, clarinet) – 3 February 2017
  • Troy University (Troy, Ala.) Wind Ensemble, Mark Walker, conductor; J. Blake Arrington, clarinet) – 20 March 2015 *Wind Ensemble Premiere Performance*

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