Dance Concerto for Clarinet/Bass Clarinet and Wind Ensemble


Commissioned by a consortium of twenty-two wind ensembles around the country, this version of Dance Concerto has the same solo part as the chamber ensemble version.

First performance:  February 9, 2014 - Stefan Van Sant, clarinet and bass clarinet, USC Thornton Wind Ensemble, H. Robert Reynolds, conductor


Program notes: 

This concerto for clarinet (doubling bass clarinet) and wind ensemble is a Dance Concerto riffing on the theme of its premiere at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. on April 20, 2013, 'dancing the night away until dawn.’ The original version, a co-commission from Frank Hudson and the 21st Century Consort, is scored for soloist and a miniature band of eight instruments without percussion.  In this current version, which I had in mind from the initial conception of the piece, the band is considerably enlarged to a wind ensemble of thirty-three musicians including four percussionists.  I owe a huge debt of gratitude to the legendary conductor of wind bands, H. Robert Reynolds, for putting together a significant consortium of outstanding wind ensembles to participate in the world premiere run.  The soloist in Dance Concerto plays both clarinet and bass clarinet in this virtuosic, three - movement work.  All three movements are 'dance music,' as if the soloist were the leader of some sort of dance band on this or another planet, and they play fast music, slow music and music in between.  These are invented dances; the regulars at this particular late-night, cosmopolitan club are very, very good, but even newcomers can join in and dance until the sun comes up.     – Donald Crockett