Liquid Ebony

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Dana Wilson

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Subtitle: Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2002 / 2005
Duration: c. 14:15
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Clarinet and piano
Publisher: Dana Wilson
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $115.00   |   Score Only (print) - $35.00


1. Call – 3:35
2. Prayer – 5:20
3. Dance of Not Pretending – 4:50


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Program Notes

Many instruments can express both exuberant joy and dark pathos, but the clarinet has the ability to express both almost at once, moving instantly with liquid grace from one to the other. It seems that is why it is such a perfect choice for Eastern European folk traditions, including well known Klezmer music: it implores, not to forget about or deny life’s difficulty, but to sing and dance joyously and defiantly in its midst.

It is this sense of the clarinet that informed the composition of this piece. On the surface, each movement is rather different in nature, but the tenacious reinterpretation of the same material in each is intended to reinforce the overlaying of contrasting emotions. The first is exuberant yet uncertain, the second introspective yet purposeful, the third a Bulgarian romp amidst an ominous reality.

Liquid Ebony was commissioned by Larry Combs, principal clarinetist with the Chicago Symphony, and premiered with pianist Gail Niwa at the 2003 Clarinet Fest in Salt Lake City, Utah. The version with wind ensemble was commissioned and premiered by the West Point Band with Mr. Combs as soloist.

- Program Note by composer


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Works for Winds by This Composer

A complete list of Dana Wilson's compositions may be found here:


  • Dana Wilson website - 7 December 2021
  • Wilson, D. (2005). Liquid Ebony: For Clarinet and Wind Ensemble [score]. Dana Wilson: [Ithaca, N.Y.].