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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000067.txt from 2011/04

From: Richard Ramey <>
Subj: [kl] Douglas quartet commission: last call for commissioners
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 21:45:28 -0400

Dear double-reed colleagues,

This is a last-call for anyone interested in becoming a part of the Bill Do=
uglas woodwind quartet commission (flute/oboe/clarinet/bassoon). Commissio=
ners will receive acknowledgment in the score, a set of parts/score, a refe=
rence CD, and a one-year exclusivity agreement on performances before the w=
ork is made available to the general public. The fee is $75.

Bill has finished the work and is in the process of last-minute tweaking of=
the four movements. The total duration of the quartet is 14-1/2 minutes. =
A group of University of Colorado students read it through for him a few d=
ays ago, and he was quite pleased with how it sounded. Bill told me that =
it=92s one of his favorites out of all the pieces that he has written.

My deadline for accepting new people is May 10th. If interested, just let =
me know. I'll post the original message below. Thanks.


Richard Ramey
Professor of Bassoon
University of Arkansas


Dear Colleagues,

I would like to let all of you know of a new commissioning project for 2011=
with composer, bassoonist, and pianist Bill Douglas. I am spearheading the=
project to have Bill write a quartet for flute, oboe, clarinet and bassoon.

The work will have 4 movements, and be approximately 14 minutes in duration=
. The flavor of the work will be in his usual style of long, lyrical, sing=
ing lines influenced by Bach, lyrical jazz, African, Brazilian, Celtic, Ren=
aissance music, etc.

In the past few years, Bill has been commissioned to write several major wo=
rks for woodwinds including the =93Partita for Bassoon and Piano=94, =93Son=
gs and Dances for Flute, Bassoon, and Piano=94, =93Lyric Suite for Contraba=
ssoon and Piano=94, =93Suite Cantando for Clarinet, Bassoon, and Piano=94, =
=93Suite Cantabile for Woodwind Quintet=94, =93Trio for Oboe, Bassoon, and =
Piano=94, =93Celebration V for Bassoon and Strings=94, =93Songs and Dances =
for Oboe and Strings=94, =93Celebration IV for Flute and Piano=94, "Quartet=
for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano", and =93Trio No. 2 for Clarinet, Bass=
oon, and Piano=94. These have been performed many times around the world.

With this new project, commissioners will have a chance to be part of the c=
reation of a major new chamber-music work and be recognized in the score fo=
r their contribution.

The fee to join this project is $75 per commissioner. All participants wou=
ld be listed on the title page as contributors with their affiliation; they=
also will receive a set of parts and score, as well as a recording of the =
piece on sampled instruments. All participants would have a one-year exclu=
sivity agreement on performances before the piece is made available for the=
general public. Participants may share the cost of the commission, but fo=
r each $75 submitted, only one score and set of parts will be sent out. Be=
sure to let me know if you are sharing.

Once we get a number of people signed up, Bill would anticipate completing =
the quartet by May, 2011. When the work is completed, I will notify all of =
the commissioners and at that point, they can send the commission fee direc=
tly to Bill.

For more information on Bill and his music, please visit his website:

If you are unfamiliar with Bill's music, you may hear the IDRS
premiere of his =93Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano=94 on YouTube:

Or his =93Quartet for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, and Piano=94 on YouTube: http:/=
/ =

If interested in this historic commission project, please contact me at: rc=
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