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New Music for Clarinet: ... Another Look - Works by Errante, Hailstork, Hodkinson, Dana Wilson, Vladimir Ussachevsky / R. Gerard Errante, clarinet; William Albright, piano; Lee Jordan-Anders, piano; Nyle Steiner, evi

Album Summary

>Smith, William O. : Solo for Clarinet with Delay system
>Ussachevsky, Vladimir : Four Studies for Clarinet and Evi
>Smith, William O. : Asana, for clarinet
>Hailstork, Adolphus : A Simple Caprice, for clarinet & piano
>Wilson, Dana : Piece for clarinet
>Errante, F. Gerard : Souvenirs de Nice, for clarinet
>Hodkinson, Sydney : The Dissolution of the Serial, for clarinet & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

World-renowned clarinetist F. Gerard Errante's latest Ravello release NEW MUSIC FOR CLARINET ... ANOTHER LOOK is a retrospective compilation of avant-garde works previously recorded by Errante in the LP era. These innovative works of the late 20th century, mostly written for or dedicated to Errante, display his wide-ranging mastery and consummate musicality in an idiom that is challenging as well as engaging and compelling. Errante's eclectic selection of compositions provides an intriguing view of varied compositional styles and media that are as valid today as when they were written. William O. Smith's Solo for Clarinet with Delay System and Asana feature technology that alters the acoustic sound of Errante's clarinet in real-time. In Vladimir Ussachevsky's Four Studies for Clarinet and EVI, Nyle Steiner melds the distinctive sound of his Electronic Valve Instrument with that of Errante's clarinet. Adolphus Hailstork's A Simple Caprice uses contemporary techniques of clarinet performance, such as multiphonics and harmonics, to depict the Harlem high jinks of the Langston Hughes character Jesse B. Semple ("Simple"). Dana Wilson 's introspective Piece for Clarinet "Alone" explores a multitude of clarinet colors, registers, and techniques. Errante's own piece, the autobiographical Souvenirs de Nice, utilizes prepared piano as a percussive accompaniment to an improvisatory solo clarinet. Other techniques employed in this work include various vocal elements, playing two clarinets at once, and playing the clarinet into the open strings of the piano. The final piece on the album, The Dissolution of the Serial by Sydney Hodkinson, spoofs musical academia while romping through a variety of musical genres, tongue firmly in cheek. Composer William Schuman once said, "Music can have no expanding past unless it has a constantly renewing present." Errante has taken this dictum to heart and has dedicated his musical life to expanding and redefining the contemporary body of literature for the clarinet not only as a teacher and composer, but as one of the world's premiere interpreters of new music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Live Oak Sound in Norfolk VA (1972); Master Sound Studio in Virginia Beach VA (1972); Music Technology Studios in Bowling Green State Univers (1972); Sage and Sound Studios in Hollywood CA (1972); University Of Michigan (1972); Live Oak Sound in Norfolk VA (1983); Master Sound Studio in Virginia Beach VA (1983); Music Technology Studios in Bowling Green State Univers (1983); Sage and Sound Studios in Hollywood CA (1983); University Of Michigan (1983); Live Oak Sound in Norfolk VA (1987); Master Sound Studio in Virginia Beach VA (1987); Music Technology Studios in Bowling Green State Univers (1987); Sage and Sound Studios in Hollywood CA (1987); University Of Michigan (1987); Live Oak Sound in Norfolk VA (1988); Master Sound Studio in Virginia Beach VA (1988); Music Technology Studios in Bowling Green State Univers (1988); Sage and Sound Studios in Hollywood CA (1988); University Of Michigan (1988); Live Oak Sound in Norfolk VA (1989); Master Sound Studio in Virginia Beach VA (1989); Music Technology Studios in Bowling Green State Univers (1989); Sage and Sound Studios in Hollywood CA (1989); University Of Michigan (1989).



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Works Details

>Smith, William O. : Solo for Clarinet with Delay system :: I. / II. / III. / IV. / V.
  • Performer: F. Errante (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1980

>Ussachevsky, Vladimir : Four Studies for Clarinet and Evi :: Quasi Marcia / Adagio / Flexibly / Presto
  • Performer: F. Errante (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1980

>Smith, William O. : Asana, for clarinet
  • Performer: F. Errante (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1985

>Hailstork, Adolphus : A Simple Caprice, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: F. Errante (Clarinet); Lee Jordan-Anders (Piano)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1987

>Wilson, Dana : Piece for clarinet
  • Performer: F. Errante (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1982

>Errante, F. Gerard : Souvenirs de Nice, for clarinet
  • Performer: F. Errante (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1975

>Hodkinson, Sydney : The Dissolution of the Serial, for clarinet & piano
  • Performers: William Albright (Piano); F. Errante (Clarinet)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1967