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Clarinet Concerto

String Quartet

By Kalevi Aho

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Clarinet and orchestra
String Quartet. Composed by Kalevi Aho. Arranged by Donald Fraser. Sheet music. Fentone Instrumental Books. Score. 633. Fentone Music #F 633. Published by Fentone Music (HL.44005385).

Item Number: HL.44005385

9x12 inches.

The concerto has five movements played without pause. The beginning Tempestoso is dramatic and powerful, but there is also a beautiful, slow middle section. The second movement consists of a virtuosic solo cadenza, which is dominated by mysterious tremolos on the clarinet.The cadenza leads to Vivace, con brio, which is the central climax of the concerto and the most virtuosic movement both for the orchestra and the soloist. Then follows the slow, melancholic and lyrical fourth movement Adagio, mesto. The Epilogue is slow, too; the atmosphere of the last movement is unreal, mysterious. The solo part at the end consists largely of broken, multiphonic clarinet sounds before the concerto fades out into a silence.

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