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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000713.txt from 1995/03

From: Josias Associates <josassoc@-----.COM>
Subj: Re: request for suggestions for cl/pno jazz works
Date: Tue, 28 Mar 1995 17:23:44 -0500

On Mon, 27 Mar 1995 00smgeidel@-----.EDU wrote:

> Friends,
> I am thinking--once again!--of doing a recital comprised of jazz-style
works for
> clarinet and piano. I do not improvise...I am interested in acquiring
> compositions in the jazz idiom for clarinet and piano.
> Any suggestions?
> Thanks much!
> Regards,
> S Geidel


The following compositions are ones that I have performed and
would recommend:

1. "Pocket Size Sonata" for Clarinet and Piano by Alec Templeton.
This 1940s-style jazz piece was published in 1949 by Leeds Music Corp.
and first recorded by Reginald Kell. I've performed it many times, and
find that audiences like it as much as I do. (I also have the clarinet
part to Templeton's "Pocket Size Sonata No. 2," but I am missing that
piano part. Does anyone on the network have the part? If so please let me

2. "Derivations" for Clarinet and Jazz Band by Mortion Gould.
There is a piano-reduction version of the band score, which is published
by G & C Music Corp. and is distributed by Chappell and Co., Inc. (1956).
I've performed the piece twice with jazz bands, and, after looking at the
piano reduction, I think that the third movement, "Rag," would work OK
with piano;

3. "Sonatine" for Bb Clarinet and Piano by Pierre Gabaye
(Alphonse Leduc, 1959). While the entire piece would not be inappropriate
for a jazz-based recital, the middle movement is particularly jazz oriented,
with its George Shearing cabaret style. This is one of my favorite
performance pieces of any genre;

If you play Eb clarinet too, I would also recommend the following

4. "Frog Legs Rag" by James Scott, arranged for Eb clarinet and
piano by William Bolcom. Part of Bolcom's "Afternoon Cakewalk" ballet
suite, the music is distributed by Presser; and

5. Little Suite of Four Dances for Eb Clarinet and Piano" by
William Bolcom, (Marks Music, 1984).

I hope this information is helpful.



Conrad Josias
La Canada, California

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