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Subtitle: Rhapsody for Clarinet


General Info

Year: 2002
Duration: c. 10:50
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Scott McAllister
Cost: Score and Parts - $350.00


Instrumentation

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Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Black Dog is a rhapsody for solo clarinet and wind ensemble. The work is inspired by classic hard rock music, particularly Led Zeppelin’s rhapsodic-style song Black Dog. The clarinet solo takes the role of the lead singer in a hard rock band with its extreme range and emotions juxtaposed with the pyrotechnic solos in true “Hendrix” fashion. The rhapsody begins with a long solo cadenza which introduces most of the material in the work. The middle section is a very slow, upward, Stairway to Heaven gesture. The last section of Black Dog concludes with a “head-banging” ostinato pattern that leads to the final fiery cadenza.

- Program Note by publisher


Commissioned by and dedicated to James Croft, Director of Bands, Florida State University, and Frank Kowalsky, Professor of Clarinet, Florida State University.

- Program Note from score


Black Dog is a rock-guitar inspired piece influenced in part by the 1971 Led Zepplin hit single of the same title. McAllister describes the work as an exploration of extremes. From the cadenza-like passages in the beginning to the “Coplandesque” middle section and virtuosic improvisatory final section, Black Dog is a study in musical combination, contrast and complexity. Along with its connection to rock, it also includes references to the hymn tune Grace, Greater than our Sin and Carl Maria von Weber’s Clarinet Concerto No. 2 in E-Flat Major.

- Program Note by Dominic Talanca for the Lone Star Wind Orchestra concert program, 25 January 2015


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Performances

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  • Cleveland State University (Ohio) Symphonic Band (Birch Browning, conductor; Gunnar Hirthe, clarinet) – 27 February 2020
  • State University of New York Geneseo Wind Ensemble (Leah McGray, conductor; Andrew Brown, clarinet) – 6 December 2019
  • Sacramento (Calif.) Symphonic Winds (Tim Smith, conductor; Robert Mitchell, clarinet) – 10 March 2019
  • University of Massachusetts (Amherst) Wind Ensemble (Matthew Westgate, conductor; Romie de Guise-Langois, clarinet) – 5 October 2018
  • University of Arizona (Tucson) Wind Ensemble (Chad R. Nicholson, conductor; Jackie Glazier, clarinet) - 26 April 2018
  • Pittsburg (Kan.) State University Wind Ensemble (Andrew Chybowski, conductor; Joanne Britz, clarinet) - 12 April 2018
  • Colorado (Denver) Wind Ensemble (David Kish, conductor; Richard Stoltzman, clarinet) – 7 April 2018
  • Central Washington University (Ellensburg) Wind Ensemble (Lewis Norfleet, conductor; David Stewart, clarinet) – 22 March 2018 (CBDNA 2018 Western/Northwestern Conference, Rohnert Park, Calif.)
  • University of Missouri, Kansas City, Wind Ensemble (Joseph Parisi, conductor) – 5 March 2018
  • Penn State University (University Park) Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dennis Glocke, conductor; Andy Hunt, clarinet) – 28 February 2018
  • Moorpark (Calif.) College Wind Ensemble (Brendan McMullin, conductor; Virginia Figueiredo, clarinet) – 10 December 2017
  • Temple University (Philadelphia, Penn.) Wind Symphony (Matthew Brunner, conductor) – 28 April 2017
  • United States Coast Guard Band (New London, Conn.) (Richard Wyman, conductor) – 19 March 2017
  • University of Texas, Arlington, Wind Symphony (Douglas Stotter, conductor) - 9 February 2017 (2017 TMEA Conference, San Antonio)
  • University of Nebraska (Lincoln) Wind Ensemble (Carolyn Barber, conductor; Hannah Bell, clarinet) – 15 April 2016
  • University of South Alabama (Mobile) Wind Ensemble (William H. Petersen, conductor; Kip Franklin, clarinet) – 14 April 2016
  • Lockport Township (Ill.) High School Wind Symphony (Brian Covey, conductor; Andrea R. DiOrio, clarinet) – 26 February 2016 (CBDNA 2016 North Central Division Conference, Ames, Iowa)
  • Lone Star Wind Symphony (Richardson, Tex.) (Eugene Migliaro Corporon, conductor; Kimberly Cole Luevano, clarinet) - 25 January 2015
  • Eltham High School (Victoria, Australia) Symphonic Winds (Mark Shiell, conductor) - 13 December 2014
  • California State University, Los Angeles, Wind Ensemble (Emily Moss, conductor; Helen Goode-Castro, clarinet) - CBDNA Western/Northwestern Division Convention (Reno, Nev.) 13 March 2014
  • Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble (Eric Hewitt, conductor; Jonathan Cohler, clarinet) - 8 December 2011
  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Wind Ensemble (Andrew McMahan, conductor; Brian Hermanson, clarinet) - 4 June 2011


Works for Winds by this Composer


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