From the composer/publisher:
"FIRST PRIZE WINNER in the post collegiate category of the 2021 Clareidoscope Composition Competition, Cortejo de Aves, Spanish for “Courtship of Birds,” features grace notes and jumpy, bird-like gestures along with a variety of tempo shifts and characters—reminiscent of the style of Manuel de Falla. A beautiful, soaring melody is found in the middle of the piece, followed by a frenzied accelerando punctuated by a climactic flutter tongue gesture (the only extended technique featured in the otherwise tonal and tuneful phrases). With a modest range of the lowest E to Db just crossing into the altissimo register, the music is meant to be accessible to be performed using ANY clarinet in the clarinet family. Set in the key of Bb minor, Cortejo de Aves will challenge a developing player and will push advanced players in different ways.
Motivated by the International Clarinet Association’s Clareidoscope clarinet festival and composition competition, Cortejo de Aves was written in February of 2021 with the intention of entering the contest. I was thrilled to find a competition available for my age group and equally pleased with the piece that resulted from this inspiring opportunity. Cortejo de Aves was selected as the FIRST PRIZE WINNER in the post collegiate composition category. I am extremely excited, thankful and happy to share this music with the clarinet community."
Range: low to high = written E3–D♭6
Key signature: 5♭
Time signature: 3/4, 6/8
Extended techniques: flutter tongue (one instance)
Publisher Code: CPCORTEJO
Length: 28 cm
Width: 21.5 cm
Thickness: 0.136 cm
Weight: 56 g