Jazz Suite for Clarinet and Wind Orchestra

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Bill Liston

Bill Liston

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General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 11:05
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Clarinet and piano
Publisher: Liston Music
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


1. Mississippi Strut – 3:15
2. A Song of Generations – 2:45
3. Tri-Tone Rag – 2:15
4. Dance Montage – 2:55


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None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Originally scored for clarinet and piano, this suite has been rescored and reworked under a commission by the Drake University Wind Symphony for clarinet and wind band. The composer writes:

When Clarence asked me about possibly doing a piece for clarinet and piano, I was immediately intrigued and inspired. I began toying with some two-bar themes and tempo markings that I stumbled onto while practicing the clarinet. They had to be set aside for a few months while I worked on some prior writing commitments. I came back to the composition in early 2002 and began writing at the piano. It seemed to flow very easily and quickly. During this whole period, I was also reliving jazz from the 1920s and the 1930s. My grandfather was a woodwind player and arranger during this golden age of music, and I was searching all over the Internet for leads on music that he recorded. He was an amazing clarinet jazz soloist, and this served to inspire me further.

The first movement brings to mind a riverboat going down the Mississippi, stopping at busy ports along the way. The second movement is a tribute to my grandfather’s music. The third movement asks the question: What would happen if Thelonious Monk and James P. Johnson collaborated on a tune? And the fourth movement is a jazz dance a la Leonard Bernstein.

- Program Note from liner notes of Mark Masters CD Collage (Drake University Wind Symphony)

Commercial Discography

State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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  • Heisey Wind Ensemble (Newark, Ohio) (Russel C. Mikkelson, conductor; Evan Lynch, clarinet) – 27 October 2019

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