Sirène (1978), Edward Yadzinski
Because of his background as a clarinetist, Edward Yadzinski (b. 1940) has an intimate knowledge of the distinctive things the clarinet can do with regard to dynamic and coloristic qualities. His programmatic work, Sirène, follows the tumultuous love story of a sirens from Greek mythology. Her destiny is to end the life of a sailor she loves. Throughout the work Yadzinski relies on the performer’s ability to create stark dynamic, coloristic, and articulation contrast to bring this imaginative work to life.
Concerto pour Clarinette by Eugène Bozza (1905 – 1991) demands virtuosic technique and thoughtful portrayal of many characters, making it both highly challenging and satisfying to perform. It was written in 1952 for Ulysse Delécluse (1907–1995), clarinet professor at the Paris Conservatory from 1948 – 1978. Bozza knew that the clarinet in the hands of Prof. Delécluse, was limitless, both technically and musically. The resulting work is one that, unfortunately, is not performed or as well-known as other French works of the time.
Cinq Pièces en Trio for Oboe, Clarinet and Bassoon was composed in 1935. The trio consists of five very brief movements of alternating tempi. True to Ibert’s eclectic aesthetic, he combines impressionist and neo-classical elements in these five miniatures. The work opens with a sprightly Allegro vivo march interwoven with well-wrought counterpoint. A more reflective and pastoral Andantino follows for contrast. The third movement is a brisk minuet with thoroughly modern harmony marked Allegro assai. A thoughtful, somewhat academic Andante leads to a good-humored (and not very martial sounding) finale marked Allegro quasi marziale.”
(Graham House, Nebraska Chamber Players)