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Peter Lawson
Goodmusic Concert Originals GMCO205

Catalogue Number: GMCO205

Difficulty level: E What's this?

ISMN: 9790222323957

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Concertino for Clarinet  Pack image
Orchestration; 2 Flutes (2nd db.Piccolo), 2 Oboes, 2nd Clarinet in Bb, 2 Bassoons, 2 Horns in F, 2 Trumpets in Bb, 3 Trombones, Tuba, Timpani, Percussion [2 players: Glockenspiel, Vibraphone, Snare Drum, Tambourine, Suspended Cymbal (soft sticks)], Harp
Strings (Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass)
Solo Clarinet in Bb

This is an orchestral version of the Song of the Northern Marsh Orchid, which is a Sonatina for Clarinet and Piano, written for Kei Ito and Reiko Isobe, for a concert in Japan in 2005. Kei Ito, once again the dedicatee in this 2022 concertino, has since been appointed to the post of Principal Clarinet of the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo - and is also a distinguished teacher and lecturer.
The Song of the Northern Marsh Orchid was the 26th in a series of musical portraits of the 48 wild orchids of Britain and Ireland, some for solo or chamber groups and others for orchestral forces. The Northern Marsh Orchid (Dactylorhiza purpurella) is compact, but lush and usually rich magenta in colour. Marsh orchids are rapidly evolving and not easy to pin down and categorise as stable species, but a characteristic of this particular plant is its flat top - as if someone had cut the top third or so off the many-flowered spike. Like all marsh orchids, it has upward-pointing bracts amongst the flower head, which can appear to give it a distinctively eastern appearance. Although this is reflected at times in the music, the distribution of the orchid is, in fact, north-westerly - the furthest east it has been recorded is western Norway and it extends westwards through northern Britain (particularly Scotland) and Ireland to the Faroe Islands.
The music, which particularly owes a debt of gratitude to Poulenc, is in three short inter-connected movements, which are loosely based on a colour-coding scheme of harmonies. Much of it is lightly scored, to allow the soloist to be heard clearly, but there are occasional brief moments of grandeur, which the full orchestra is allowed to underline. Near the end of the third movement, at the height of the orchid’s opulence, the plant is pollinated - at this point a cold wind blows across the music as the plant sets seed and dies down to shelter from the harsh winter. Peter Lawson
Duration 8 minutes
A PACK includes a score and full set of parts including 4/4/3/4/2 strings.
The Song of the Northern Marsh Orchid for clarinet and piano is also available.

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