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Compositions

 

Winter Fantasy (2019)
Solo B-flat clarinet - $10
Commissioned by Olivia Meadows
Conceived as an introduction to extended techniques for advancing players, along the lines of the Osborne Rhapsody.
 
Togetherness (2017)
Duet for flute/piccolo and B-flat/E-flat clarinet - $20
Commissioned by the Scott/Garrison Duo, Shannon Scott, clarinet, Leonard Garrison, flute
This work explores the flow of confluent and divergent energies in heightened states, as if these subtle microworlds were suddenly transformed into a macrovibrant bustling metropolises.
Ignorance and Blitz (2017)
Clarinet Quintet (E-flat, 2 B-flat, 2 bass) - $25
Commissioned by Buffet Crampon for the 2017 Buffet Summer Academy
Willful disdain followed by buoyant exuberance
 
The Bangui Anomaly (2017)
B-flat clarinet and bass clarinet duet - $25
Commissioned by the Egide Duo, Joshua and Stefanie Gardner 
A themeless set of variations based on a 10-note row, wandering, angry, grotesque, uncomfortable.
 
Ruff 'em Up (2016)
Clarinet Quintet (E-flat, 2 B-flat, 2 bass) - $20
The basses attempt call and response, the B-flat clarinets practice their tuning, and the E-flat is the wild card in this musical carnival ride.
Two Reflections on the Crab Nebula (2016)
Solo Alto Saxophone - $20
Astronomers a thousand years ago observed a star going supernova, which created a cataclysmic explosion that became the Crab Nebula, which from our vantage point 7000 light years away, appears as a gentle spiral.
Mope & Boogie (2014)
B-flat clarinet and piano - $30
Commissioned by Ben Redwine for the 2014 Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium Young Artist Competition. The balance between disciplined patience and reckless abandon is in full force in this two-movement ditty. Lots of work for the pianist's left hand!

Chiral Symmetries (2013)
Solo B-flat clarinet - $20

2 Teez (2013)
B-flat clarinet and string quartet, score and parts - $40

Pursuits of Happiness (2011)
Clarinet sextet (E-flat, 3 B-flat, basset horn, bass) (2011), score and parts, including alternate alto clarinet part - $40

Composed for Rose Sperrazza and the Chicago Clarinet Ensemble

Written for three clarinetist couples: Stanley and Naomi Drucker, John Bruce Yeh and Teresa Reilly, and Rose Sperraza and David Tuttle. Each movement highlights one of the couples

I. Romp

II. Honesty

III. Stomp

 

Shadows from Flames (2011)
B-flat clarinet solo with bass clarinet quartet backup band, score and parts - $50

Written for Edmund Welles, the Bass Clarinet Quartet

A rock epic in five connected movements:

I. Intensity

II. Longing

III. Cauldron

IV. Oracle

V. Assault

Lines, Spaces, Planes (2010)
Clarinet trio (2 B-flat, B-flat/bass), score and parts - $20

I. Lines – Swanky counterpoint, but everyone’s their own boss

II. Spaces – Drifting glissandi under a languid melody

III. Planes – Thick parallel lines searing into your consciousness

 

Three Hasty Studies (2010)
B-flat clarinet ensemble (5 parts), score and parts - $15

Composed for the 2010 ClarinetFest® tribute to legendary Eastman teacher, Stanley Hasty. Each short movement is based on one of Mr. Hasty’s teaching concepts:

I. H’tah Molly – Preparing the air before making clean attacks, creating a pyramid effect

II. Klose Calls – Expressive wide interval gestures passed fro one part to the other, with an optional multiphonic solo coda

III. Trill Ride – Keeping fingers close to the holes and moving evenly back and forth

 

Four Tempers (2009)
Three clarinetists (B-flat/bass, 2 bass) and drum set - $50

Requires skilled drum set improviser. Check your anger management skills at the door! Four uncompromisingly intense movements:

I. Burning Up

II. Patience

III. Aggression

IV. Burning Down

Bipolarang (2008)
Two B-flat clarinets, performance score and practice score - $25

Composed for Robert Spring and Jana Starling. Lots oppositional energy and manic mood shifts out to the edge and back again.

 

The Moon in My Window (2007)
Solo B-flat clarinet - $20

Written for Kelly Johnson. The daily activities of a child – waking, playing, eating, nap time, more play (always!), and finally, bedtime are depicted in six innocent and light, yet technically challenging movements.

 

Double Life (2007)
Solo clarinet (B-flat and A), also PVC extension (included) - $25

Composed in honor of clarinetist/composer William O. Smith

I. Double Life – Alternation between B-flat and A clarinets playing jazzy (Bill) and free, expansive (William O.) motives, then playing both clarinets simultaneously

II. Deep Thoughts – for B-flat clarinet with PVC extension to access some of those deep thought

III. To Be Continued… - Always moving forward, always energetic, just like Bill

 

Peg & Hole Collide (2006)
Clarinet quartet (E-flat, E-flat/B-flat, B-flat, bass), score and parts - $20

Opposing forces congregate in the same place, with each instrument holding firm to its voice; a unified collective statement emerges despite stubborn individualities.

 

Rrowzer! (2005)
Solo B-flat clarinet - $10

A grouchy old dog barking in the low register sets up the main ideas in this piece of flexible length, as the performer builds the shape by determining the number of repetitions of each cell.

 

2 Cool 2 B Flat (2005)

Two E-flat clarinets and piano (2005), piano score and clarinet parts $40

I. E force – A heavy march

II. E 4 Too – Variations combining “Tea for Two” and an original introduction motive

III. Contemplation – A very slow and free exploration of inner selves

IV. Eefer Madness – The title says it all, so hold on to your horns!

 

Black Swirls (2004)

Two B-flat clarinets, performance score and practice score - $25

Companion piece to Ritual. A cyclone blows through your town in four minutes, paced with microtones.

 

Finger Food (2001-02)

Etudes for clarinet - $20

A collection of 14 little left hand and right hand studies, plus a couple bonuses; fun for all.

“A wonderful resource…Finger Food is a worthy contribution to the repertoire because of the musical value of the works, the clear focus of each etude on a certain aspect of finger technique, [and] the clever and compelling title…This is such a valuable and exciting book.” ~ Kennen White, The Clarinet

 

3 for 2 (2001)

B-flat clarinet and percussion - $40

Composed for Robert Spring and J.B. Smith

I. Pruned Danish – Twisted licks from the Nielsen Concerto

II. Veiled Images – Poignant reflection with vibes

III. Outta My Way! – Non-stop blasts from clarinet and kitchen sink percussion setup.

 

Ritual (2000)

Two B-flat clarinets, version A or version B, score and practice score - $7

Version A is a slow, contemplative with extensive choreography for the adventurous duo; version B has less extensive choreography.

 

Coconut Candy (2000)
Solo B-flat clarinet - $7

Light and sweet, but you’ll burn a few calories working out the fingering combinations!

 

One Liners (2000)

Clarinet trio (E-flat/B-flat, B-flat, B-flat/bass), score and parts - $40

Lots of tasty tidbits, and number of which may be played in any order. Something for everyone, from a demented reel to a poignant chorale to a loose canon, and everything in between.

 

Chips Off the Ol’ Block (1999)

Solo bass clarinet - $20

One little theme after another, each breaking off in mid-development to make way for the next; eventually the themes all coalesce in a fiery cauldron of notes.

 

So What Elsa’s New (1997)

Two B-flat clarinets, performance score and practice score - $15

Written for Gerry Errante and Elsa Verdehr and the 1997 Michigan State Clarinet Contemporary Festival. Refrain and verses, floating and dizzy.

 

Sub(t)rains O’ Strata’s Fears (1996)

Solo B-flat clarinet - $35

Written for clarinet virtuoso Robert Spring. Circular breathing, double tonguing, and lots of unconventional fingerings and microtones. A wild rollercoaster ride – the title says it all.

“An array of beautiful rhythmic drones with interspersed melodies, circular breathing, double tonguing and multiphonics…both Mandat and Spring manage to make gorgeous sense of it.” ~ The Clarinet

 

Preludes, book I (1994)

Solo B-flat clarinet - $20

Five short lyrical pieces exploring a variety of multiphonic and microtonal techniques.

“Witty and even sly.” ~ Elena Lence Talley, The Clarinet

 

Etude for Barney (1990)
Solo B-flat clarinet - $7

A snappy quarter-tone study in rondo form written for composer Barney Childs. Required piece for 2014 International Clarinet Association Young Artist Competition

 

The Jungle (1989)

Solo B-flat clarinet - $25

I. Call to Arms – Juxtaposition of static machine-like rhythms and quirky microtonal outbursts

II. Lament – Perfect-interval multiphonics gradually pulled out of tune

III. Apotheosis – Reconciliation between the static rhythms and microtones, or is it a surrender?

“A jazzy tour de force…vaguely familiar yet totally refreshing…it grows on you rather quickly.” ~ Ted Shen, Chicago Reader

 

Folk Songs (1986)

Solo B-flat clarinet - $35

Five movements; not actual folk songs, but each with a distinct folk-like character, from Appalachian fiddling to Japanese shakuhachi music to “star songs.”

"A composition of this caliber will most likely enter the performance repertoire as the representative piece of the decade!” ~ Linda Pierce, The Clarinet

 

Tricolor Capers (1980)

Solo B-flat clarinet - $20

I. Portent – Multiphonic trills and melodic fragments signaling movements 2 and 3

II. Sway – A drunken quarter tone wobble

III. Bop – A jazz-inspired frenzy of notes.

“This piece is to the 80s what Donald Martino’s A Set for Clarinet was to the 50s.” ~ composer Barney Childs