Edward Gregson: Tributes (Clarinet And Piano)

Books | Clarinet, Piano Accompaniment

Publisher: Novello
Composer: Edward Gregson
Format: Sheet Music | Instrumental Album

Edward Gregson completed Tributes in the summer of 2010.

Lasting some 16 minutes, there are five pieces in the set, each dedicated to a different composer and a different clarinettist (with whom Gregson had long musical associations). Each of the dedicatee composers wrote wonderfully for the Clarinet and, as a tribute to them, Gregson tried to invade, indeed imitate, their stylistic worlds in these pieces.

They are as follows:

  • To Francis Poulenc (for Emma Johnson) – a rather dreamy toccata, lyrical in feel, but interrupted by typically quirky and disruptive rhythmic episodes.
  • To Gerald Finzi (for John Bradbury) – slow and lyrical with long melodic arches.
  • To Igor Stravinsky (for Linda Merrick) – asymmetric rhythms dominate, with wide leaps in the solo line and bitonal harmony on the Piano.
  • To Olivier Messiaen (for Nicholas Cox) – based on the ravishing slow movement for Cello in his Quartet for the End of Time, a seamless melody is woven around ever-changing repeated chords on the Piano.
  • To Béla Bartók (for Michael Collins) – the most virtuoso of the set; after a slow introduction, a swirling folk-like dance unfolds, mirroring Bartok’s penchant for simple modal shapes and ostinati rhythms.

ISBN: 9781849383622
Skill Level: Intermediate Explain this
Published on: 21 May 2014
No of pages: 40
Language: English
Catalogue No: NOV091146

          Musicroom Reviews

          I heard Michael Collins play this brilliantly in May 2011. Absoutely fantastic piece, full of character. Each movement dedicated to a clarinettist and written in the style of a celebrated clarinet composer. Working on it with my pianist now :)
          Anonymous - (Chalfont St. Giles, United Kingdom)

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