Three Pieces for Three Clarinets
arranged by Gregory Barrett
Composer: Igor Stravinsky
Publisher: Theodore Presser Company
This publication is only authorized for sale and performance in the USA.
This edition consists of three performance scores.
From the arranger:
"Igor Stravinsky's Three Pieces for Solo Clarinet (1918) is a core work in clarinetists' repertoire, and I have reimagined it for the convivial grouping of three players. The arrangement contains all of Stravinsky's original, but now his solo line is shared among three in a new matrix of harmony, imitation, and counterpoint.
The molto tranquillo first piece develops from the emphasized C♯ in Stravinsky's first measure and moves to a somewhat somber mood when C♯ is revealed to be the dominant of F♯ minor. With increasing expansion of tessitura in the sustained harmonies, the sun comes out in the last phrase with a joyous E♭ major chord.
The circus-like second piece finds the three clarinets whirling in the air in synchronized trapeze artist style. The emphasis is on imitation and fluid hand-offs. Chords with major 7ths and 2nds contrast with triadic harmony. Following the cat and mouse middle section, where dancing patterns of twos and threes alternate, the summit of the big top is reached again just before the players settle down to earth with a welcome C major chord of respite.
The ragtime burlesque of Stravinsky's third piece is heightened by homophonic rhythm among the three players. Each clarinet part has its own specialty. Clarinet 1 loves 32nd notes, Clarinet 2 shows off with fast triplets, and Clarinet 3 likes the low notes and in general supporting its friends. Quartal harmony with stacked 4ths is emphasized, but where Stravinsky's melody suggests triads, I have taken his hint. The propulsive rhythms are truly exciting, and with the wink of an eye, the music ends all too soon."
Performer / Ensemble Link Comments
Publisher Code: 11442409
Length: 30.5 cm
Width: 22.6 cm
Thickness: 0.183 cm
Weight: 118 g