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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000197.txt from 2000/09

Subj: [kl] Re: Gershwin Preludes
Date: Wed, 6 Sep 2000 01:36:46 -0400

In a message dated 9/5/00 1:08:23 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Tony Wakefield

<< What wonderful, wonderful songs George Gershwin wrote. I expect most of the
experienced clarinettists` have
the arrangement of the "Three Preludes"? I forget who has recorded them.
Maybe Emma Johnson over in U.K.
I havn`t seen this arr. tho`. Any one? >>

I have the Three Preludes and the 'Gershwin Suite'(3 arias) from Porgy and
Bess, and have performed the latter.

The arrangement of the Preludes I have is by James Cohn, published by Warner
Bros. Richard Stoltzman has recorded them on his "Amber Waves" cd, although
he uses an arrangement by Jay Gach.

He has also recorded his own arrangement of the songs from Porgy and Bess,
that Peter R. mentioned, on his cd "Aria", and the music is published in an
album of the same name by Carl Fischer. My audience LOVED these pieces, and
I did too (probably because I have sung 2 of them!).

Somewhere Stolzman has also recorded the "Walking the Dog" piece (Promenade)
from the movie 'Shall We Dance' that Astaire and Rogers did.

Gershwin always sounds just great on clarinet, and it makes a perfect
addition to lighten up a recital, especially if your audience is not the
academic sort.

Hope this helps--
Elise Curran

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