Title Andrew March: Seven Pieces (2017)
Instrumentation Bass Clarinet and Piano
Range Extended-range instrument NOT required.
Price $30
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About the Work

Program note courtesy of the composer:

The overall intention in writing this volume was to develop material that was unapologetically apt for the bass clarinet and to help expand the repertoire with a set of pieces offering differing characters with varying levels of technical challenge that explored the full capabilities of the instrument. The true range of the bass clarinet was to be a major feature of the set, as was the considerable variation in tone; from mellow and warm, to thin and piercing, from deep and sonorous, to dry and breathy. There was to be no holding back on tackling the issues of agility and swiftness in navigating the respective registers with rapid flourishes and erratic angular leaps.

The original vision which inspired the set was that each piece would be about a different time of the year, each one marked by events and natural phenomena like the summer solstice and the winter moon. As the pieces took shape, it became clear that there was a thematic thread running through them concerning the phases or states of the moon; such as the full moon, lunar eclipse and lunar perigee. As well as the extra-musical connections, there will no doubt be many other patterns identified that enhance the connectivity between the pieces.

Complete notes about each of the seven pieces are also available here.

About the Composer

British composer Andrew March was born in 1973. In 1992, he attended the Royal College of Music, London, to study composition. Shortly after graduating, Andrew won the Royal Philarmonic Society Composition Prize 1996 for his symphonic poem, Easdale. His orchestral piece Marine - à travers les arbres (1997) won first place in the inaugural Masterprize International Composing Competition, and was recorded by the BBC for the European Broadcasting Union and by the London Symphony Orchestra in Abbey Road Studios for EMI Classics Debut Series. A cover-mount CD was included on the BBC Music Magazine in 1998. Marine - à travers les arbres has been played by orchestras such as the BBC Philharmonic and has received a total of 13 international live performances including the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra and the European Union Youth Orchestra under Vladimir Ashkenazy which was televised for the BBC Proms in 1998.

In 2001, Nymphéas for Two Pianos was written for pianist brothers duo Peter & Patrik Jablonski, who gave the World premiere in the Royal Palace, Stockholm, in the Autumn of 2002, and then followed with a tour that programmed the piece in and around Scandinavia. In July 2005, A Stirring in the Heavenlies (2000) was successfully recorded, in full, by the Kiev Philharmonic under composer/conductor Robert Ian Winstin for the landmark 12-CD series Masterworks of the New Era.

In 2009, Andrew composed an elegy for strings, Sanguis Venenatus which was recorded in the Czech Republic and released towards the end of 2012. The elegy has subsequently been broadcast on BBC Radio 3 and internationally, with repeat airings during drive-time programmes on stations such as Sweden's P2 Klassiskt, Estonia's Klassikaraadio, and South Africa's Classic FM.

In October 2013, Three Pieces for Solo Cello were premiered in New York by Romanian-born cellist Ovidiu Marinscu at the Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. The three pieces were also recorded. Also in 2013, Paraclete Press published De Profundis. In 2015, Colla Voce Music published two pieces, Marian Antiphon No. 3 and How Long, O Lord?. In January 2016, Amoration for Piano and Strings was recorded at the MRTV studios in Skopje with the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra.

Catalog Info #ALEA1176
Piano Score: 81 pages, spiral bind
Bass Clarinet Part: 31 pages, spiral bind