Peter Maxwell Davies: Strathclyde Concerto No. 4 (Miniature Score) music Sales America. 20th Century. 86 pages. Chester Music #CH60875. Published by Chester Music (HL.14020991).
ISBN 0711933537. 20th Century. 5.5x7.5 inches.
Davies's feeling for the potency and bravura of the clarinet goes back to works of the 1960s; his concerto for the instrument is predictably a big, ranging piece, in two linked movements. The first, fast with a brief slow introduction, has the soloist in propulsive melodic flights slipping over into florid runs, but it is a virtuoso piece for the orchestra, especially for the marimba and pair of horns. The Adagio that follows is in the spare, cold, birdcall-riven style of other recent Davies slow movements, exploiting first the clarinet's low register and then, at its climax, the instrument's high extremes. A cadenza leads to the coda, where Davies introduces a Scots tune, previously hinted at, with which he brings the work to an end in F sharp major. Miniature score.