It is a cyclical work, based entirely on the two themes of the opening Preludium. Normally, the six movements should be entirely played without pause, but this just made for a much too large recording file.
The recording is, as usual, made in Finale 2006, using GPO grand piano and clarinet solo.
I loved this - absolutely fantastic. The sense of unity across the whole thing is what I'm after in a piece I'm writing right now - you've just made it sound so effortless. Thanks so much for sharing this.
I'm very happy you enjoyed it. I feel this is one of my strongest works yet. I suffered a great deal for the finale, but it eventually came out. I think I might have lost a few internal organs when it do though...
I'm quite excited about our next project - music for 2 pianos and percussion. Ah, at last I get to put both GPO and JaBB to good use.
Who knows, maybe the Marching Band library will come out before I get really into that project and it should contain some interesting additions to the percussion line-up.
Just for fun I tried switching the clarinet from GPO for a saxophone from JaBB... it was... ummm.... interesting. In all honesty, the flugelhorn was nicer! But it DID give me a bit of a kick to consider writing for saxes. Maybe "Sax and Violins on TV"?
I think I can do better responding to each part seperately-even though I've only heard the first.
On first listening I don't think back to a seperation at the Scherzo. What I liked the most was the ex†ended build u; in the Scherzo. As you think it's going to ber over, it keeps going. This movement covers the clarinet pret†y well.
I will listen to the next movement after
a resting period....
First, may I say this is not my usual listening. I don't really have an understanding of how one starts such a work. Putting that to one side, I think this is outstanding and would not be out of place in any shop selling Classical CD's. You can't worry about critics, you must only enjoy the praise from anyone giving it following listening to your achievements.