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Amy Beach - From Grandmother's Garden for clarinet and piano

By Amy Marcy Beach

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Piano, Clarinet - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Amy Marcy Beach (1867-1944). Arranged by John Gibson. 20th Century. Solo Part, Score. 49 pages. JB Linear #SOLO031. Published by JB Linear (S0.7228).

Item Number: S0.7228

Amy Beach: From Grandmother's Garden for clarinet and pianoAmy Marcy Beach (1867 - 1944) was a pioneering woman composer at a time when women were barely considered by music publishers. She has been acclaimed to be the first important American woman composer. As a child Amy was allowed rather than encouraged to further her obvious musical talent. She wrote in a mature and virtuosic style for piano with use of chromaticism, fine melodic lines, and Impressionistic styles. It is those elements of Impressionism, using musical styles of Ravel and Debussy, that make "From Grandmother's Garden" so interesting to the performer and audience. The piece includes 5 short pieces describing or at least alluding to garden plants you might find in a Victorian garden: Morning Glories, Heartsease, Mignonette, Rosemary and Rue, and Honeysuckle. The audio sample is Mignonette. As a piece for clarinet, the demands can require a solid technique, but it is always interesting and gratifying to play. These pieces were transcribed for clarinet and piano by John Gibson of JB Linear Music. (This is a newly revised version as of October, 2009)Here is a review of this piece from the September issue of "The Clarinet", the magazine of the International Clarinet Association. by Michele Gingras Amy Marcy Beach From Grandmother's Garden, Op. 97, arranged for clarinet and piano by John Gibson. 13',2009. $13.50 JB Linear Music. Amy Marcy Beach (1867-1944) was an American composer and pianist from New Hampshire who later moved to the Boston area. She is regarded in some circles to be the first successful American female com- poser of large-scale art music. John Gibson has had some of his music reviewed in the past in The Clarinet. He offers here his very nicely done arrangement of Beach's work entitled From Grandmother's Garden, Op. 97. It was originally composed for piano in 1922. Beach's music is luscious and beautiful, almost to the point of my labeling it cute and sweet at times. Gibson's arrangement reminds me of the old fashioned Paris Conservatory clarinet showpieces. Some movements have a clear hint of Impressionism and sound distinctly French and are perfect for Sunday afternoon audiences. Gibson did a good job arranging the works to make them idiomatic, as I actually hear some similarities with clarinet music by Pierne, Ladmirault, Cahuzac and Jeanjean. The piece is in five movements, and describes plants that would typically be found in a Victorian Garden: Morning Glories (Debussy-like gorgeous arpeggiated lines), Heartsease (gently syncopated, floating, and smooth melodious rhythms), Mignonette (staccato puppet music), Rosemary and Rue (chromatic waltz-feel rhythm, however written in duple), and Honeysuckle (Francaix-Iike fun circus music with his typical chromatic lines and awkward and humorous rhythms). From Grandmother's Garden is very playable, however it does contain several challenging passages for the clarinet. The piano part is more manageable, and includes handy blank pages to facilitate page turns. A guaranteed audience pleaser. .

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