for Eb Clarinet, trumpet, bassoon, trombone, double bass and percussion
dedicated to John Bruce Yeh and Chicago Pro Musica
Concerto for Piccolo Clarinet was composed for and dedicated to clarinetist John Bruce Yeh. The music makes dramatic shifts between the E-flat clarinet’s high virtuous technical flights and its mystical, expressive qualities. The sound resources for entire work are entirely derived from the clarinet’s opening descending line that quickly developes into a succession of firey cadenzas. The soloist then leads the ensemble in a highly spirited dance of counterpoint and rhythm.
Audio from the premiere
Excerpt from score: