Concerto for Clarinet, Op. 110

Lowell Liebermann

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Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
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Quick Overview

The Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, Op. 110 was written for clarinetist Jon Manasse, and commissioned by a consortium of orchestras and organizations comprised of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra (which presented the world premiere performances in November, 2009), Bozeman, Juneau, Las Cruces, North State (California), Roanoke Symphony Orchestras, Erie and Evansville Philharmonic Orchestras, The Chappaqua Orchestra, Hanson Institute for American Music at the Eastman School of Music at the University of Rochester, Buffet Crampon USA, Vandoren Paris, River Concert Series at St. Mary?s College of Maryland & The Chesapeake Orchestra, and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

I have known Jon for many years, since our shared years as students at Juilliard. He performed and recorded my Clarinet Quintet, and I have always thought he is a fantastic player ? one of the absolute best. He was interested in my writing a clarinet concerto, and it fell to Tom Parker, Jon?s manager, to take on the heroic task of getting together a consortium ? of 14 different orchestras and organizations ? that commissioned the work.

The concerto, my first for clarinet and orchestra, was completed during the summer of 2009. It is scored for piccolo, with pairs of flutes, oboes, bassoons, horns, trumpets, trombones and tuba; plus timpani, two percussionists playing on a variety of instruments that include slapstick, bass drum, suspended cymbal, tam-tam, ratchet, woodblock, cowbell, jawbone, maracas, cymbals, snare drum, triangle, gourd, tambourine, tubular bells, glockenspiel, xylophone, marimba and vibraphone; harp, one keyboardist playing both piano and celesta, and the normal string complement. Orchestral clarinets are absent.

The work is in three movements. The first is an Andante that gives way to a Presto, ending with a restatement of the Andante the second, marked Larghissimo with a central section of variations marked Grave; and the last, an Allegro with a pronounced Latin influence.

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Additional Information

Commission Commissioned by: Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffet Crampon USA, Vandoren Paris, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, Hanson Institute for American Music at the Eastman School of Music at the Un
Composition Date 2009
Duration 00:32:00
Orchestration Solo Cl.; 3(Picc.) 2 0 2 – 2 2 2 1; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Pno.(dbl. Cel.) Str.
Premiere 5th, 6th, 7th November, 2009. Jon Manasse, Clarinet Dayton Philharmonic, conducted by Neal Gittleman

Details

I Andante ? Presto ? Andante
II Larghissimo
III Allegro