2015 – Concerto for Clarinet with Orchestra (221bcl1 / 2211 / 2perc / hp.pf / str) – 20:00
Gordon and Norma Yeager had an inseparable bond during their 72 years of marriage. Even a tragic car crash in October 2011 could not split them apart. In trying to save their lives, hospital staff had them “bed-beside-bed” as Gordon’s right hand held Norma’s left hand until they both took their final breaths. This composition musically captures the three following scenes:
1. The accident that decided how their love affair would begin to end,
2. Those final moments they spent clinging to their love,
3. And out of the ashes of tragedy comes the recognition of what a couple’s love can accomplish in this world.
Story that inspired the composition: http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=14771029
- Couple Married 72 Years... - Movement 1 (midi demo) 05:14
- Couple Married 72 Years... - Movement 2 (midi demo) 06:16
- Couple Married 72 Years... - Movement 3 (midi demo) 08:26
As the story that inspired this Concerto originates in the Heartland of America (Iowa), I was influenced by the American orchestral sound that I so enjoy – especially Copland, Glass and Hollywood Film Music. This is not a traditional concerto showcasing the Clarinet with cadenzas. Instead, I have the clarinet omnipresent, in a central solo role, portraying the essence of our protagonists in this story and what they encountered as the story unfolds.
– Frank Horvat
Movements and Duration:
1st movement: 5:15
2nd movement: 6:15
3rd movement: 8:30
Total Duration: 20 minutes
|Instrument||1st Movement||2nd Movement||3rd Movement|
|Solo Clarinet in Bb||×||×||×|
|Horn in F 1||×||×||×|
|Horn in F 2||×||×||×|
|Trumpet in C 1||×||×|
|Trumpet in C 2||×||×|
|Percussion 2||Tubular Bells|
Commissioned by the Greater Toronto Philharmonic Orchestra and Michael Westwood.