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Carson Cooman: Crucifixus (1999) for clarinet and organ

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By Carson Cooman

Instrumental Duet Clarinet, Instrumental Duet, Organ - Level 5 - Digital Download
Composed by Carson Cooman (1982-). Contemporary, Sacred, Standards. Score and parts. 16 pages. Musik Fabrik Music Publishing #3038885. Published by Musik Fabrik Music Publishing (A0.533697).

Item Number: A0.533697

Crucifixus (1999) for clarinet and organ is a Lenten (Passiontide) work. The work was
written for and is dedicated to clarinetist Kenneth Grant. Grant's tremendous clarinet playing
served as the musical inspiration for this work.
The work is based on the plainsong for the Saturday before Palm Sunday (Ater juste, mundus
te non cognovit). The plainsong material is presented throughout both in its native form but
also in many possible transformations. The piece focuses on the crucifixion, and while not
directly programmatic, looks musically at elements of that event, building up to the final
placement of the cross (the formation of the cross musically at measure 56: the organ's
vertical form against the clarinet's horizontal; the musical cross being formed from a gross
transformation of the plainsong material) and then dying away slowly to nothingness (the
entombment): fading to the clarinet's and the organ's lowest D -- the basis pitch for the
It is fully intended that this work be suitable for both worship service and concert settings.
The work focuses on the first half of the most important part of the Christian faith (the
Crucifixion portion of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.) However, especially in worship
service use, it is strongly recommended that the above program notes appear in the bulletin as
it will give the congregation members a reference for many of the gestures and moods in the
work which could otherwise seem to run contrary to a worship setting.

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