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Ecstatic Cling

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Frank Felice

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General Info

Year: 2018
Duration: c. 9:45
Difficulty: VII (solo); VI (ensemble) (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Mad Italian Bros. Ink
Cost: Score and Parts - $200.00


Full Score
Solo Bassoon
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
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
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III-IV

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Bassoonist Mark Ortwein approached me about five years ago with an idea for writing a piece where he could perform much like a rock guitar player would, sending his amplified bassoon through a number of effects stomp pedals. Our original plans were for some kind of a solo piece which then morphed into this piece, upping the ante to include amplified contrabassoon as well as adding a complete wind ensemble to accompany and play against the intrepid (mad) bassoonist.

This piece’s title includes some of my typical ‘punishment’ word play (of course) as well as aptly describes a number of musical elements featured throughout the work: numerous clingy harmonic major/minor seconds in chords and diads, constant drumming, and myriad velcro-cling effects by the soloist all wrapped up in a kind of snarky, quasi-anxiously-stoned-avant-garde-acid-jazz aesthetic.

Led by a virtuosic, neo-hep-kat bassoonist ... naturally.

Commissioned by and composed for that mondo-awesome bassoonist, Mark Ortwein.

- Program Note by composer

Entitled Ecstatic Cling, the work employs a number of unique electronic filters and devices that allow the soloist to explore a world of sound that is usually the playground of rock and roll guitarists.

- Program Note from Butler University School of Music concert program, 27 September 2018


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • University of Indianapolis (Ind.) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Jon Noworyta, conductor; Mark Ortwein, bassoon) - 21 November 2021
  • Concordia College (Moorhead, Minn.) Band (Peter Haberman, conductor; Jack Fiskum, bassoon) – 7 April 2019
  • Butler University (Indianapolis, Ind.) Wind Ensemble (Michael Colburn, conductor; Mark Ortwein, bassoon) – 27 September 2018*Premiere Performance*

Works for Winds by This Composer