Winding Up, Winding Down

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Michael Gandolfi

Michael Gandolfi

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Subtitle: Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 10:00
Difficulty: V / VI (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: M51 Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $295.00


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Program Notes

Boston-based composer Michael Gandolfi has a broad range of musical interests encompassing not only contemporary concert music but also jazz, blues and rock. The span of his musical investigation is paralleled by his cultural curiosity, resulting in many points of contact between the world of music and other disciplines, including science, film and theater. He is currently chair of the Composition Department at the New England Conservatory of Music and is a faculty member of the Tanglewood Music Center.

Winding Up/Winding Down, which received its world premiere performance at the 2014 Midwest Clinic, is a single-movement serenade for clarinet and wind ensemble. The opening rhythmic material is based on a crosswalk signal which the composer often passes on his way to work. Gandolfi goes on to describe his work:

“The spirited sections that follow the introduction comprise the 'fast’ portion of the form. The ‘slow’ section features the soloist accompanied by bassoons and timpani. Music of quite different character follows and drives the piece to its most heightened and animated state, providing a sense of ‘winding up ‘the action... The coda features the return of the crosswalk-signal material, imbuing the piece with an overall sense of ‘winding down, ‘and prompting the soloist to continue ‘winding down ‘alone to the end of the piece.”

- Program Note by Andrew Skaggs for the U.S. Navy Band


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