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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000543.txt from 2000/07

From: Gary Dranch <dranchg@-----.net>
Subj: Re: [kl]Stanford clt cto
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2000 16:07:02 -0400

Dear Craig,

Thanks for your kind words of encouragement and your endorsement of the Wolff Concerto. I am hoping that the music publishing editors at G.Schirmer feel the same as you!
Best regards,

Gary Dranch

------Original Message------
From: "Craig Countryman" <craigc@-----.edu>
Subject: Re: [kl]Stanford clt cto

Gary,

Hi -- I just rejoined the list after a long absence, so I didn't see the
original posting you made about the Wolff Concerto. However, I downloaded
after reading your latest posting, and I thoroughly enjoyed your
performance.

--I really enjoy in the first movement how the tutti and solo parts fit
together. The theme is very charming, and it is nicely presented in the
strings.
--Great cadenza!! There is a nice continuity before and after the cadenza,
so the work flows nicely.
--I like the second movement a lot. One of the main problems I have in
finding concertos I like is that the middle movement tends to drag. There
is nice variety in tempo, which makes it interesting. Also, it is just the
right length.
--The third movement is interesting.... not too fast at first, but the
string theme is very nice. When the clarinet comes in things pick up --
nice variation on the first theme. I like the shifts in tempo, they
definitely keep the listener on his toes.
--Overall, it sounds like an exciting new work.... I would recommend anyone
who has the space on their hard drive and a reasonable download speed to
check it out.

Craig

>On the other hand, I noticed that my
> posting of the Daniel Wolff Clarinet Concerto (2000), which I commissioned
and premiered this April in Brazil, generated virtually no responses or
reactions from anyone on this list.
> So, I'm agin inviting people to check it out by going to my webpage:
http://garydranch.musicpage.com, where they can stream
> or download the entire concerto (it's divided into 3 movements on mp3
files because it's so hige--26Mb!). It's twenty-five minutes long, scored
for clarinet in A and string orchestra, and very Brazilian in style. It has
a neat perpetuo moto cadenza in the middle of the first movement. I'm
hoping to premiere in in the U U.S. next year. I'm greatful for anyone's
candid posting a response/review of this work. I'm sure the composer would
also appreciate feedback as well. By the way, the work has been submitted
for publication, and the piano-reduction score is being completed as I write
this. The commerical CD will be released in Brazil in October 2000. (The
mp3 files on my website are from the live World Premiere performance).
>
> Regards,
>
> Gary Dranch, D.M.A. '81

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