Concerto for Clarinet [Cl-Wind Ens] – Sets
David Maslanka


for Clarinet in Bb and Wind Ensemble
25 min.   •   
   •   Grade 6
Product Type: Sets

The Concerto for Clarinet and Wind Ensemble grows out of my life-long association with the clarinet. It was my beginning instrument over sixty years ago, and has stayed with me all through the years. I have written many pieces for it, and it is now a deeply personal voice through which my music speaks freely and passionately.

This concerto is full of deep feeling, but it does not have a personal story. The two movements, “Lamentation” and “Dance,” present the classic masks of tears and laughter. “Lamentation” is very interior and very beautiful – it breaks my heart. “Dance” unfolds in the old sonata form with clear melodies, a bubbling and sometimes urgent energy, and a final release into beautiful quiet.

What an astounding work! Such a beautiful and transcendent experience. It’s a piece only (David) could write.

Edward Knight

The Concerto is very moving and kept the attention of the crowd (mostly high schoolers). They seemed to really connect with it.

Dawn Lindblade-Evans

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