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Eidolons for clarinet quartet in memory of Johannes Brahms

By Joseph Dillon Ford

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Clarinet, 3 clarinets, bass clarinet - Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Joseph Dillon Ford. 21st Century, Neo-Classical. Score, Set of Parts. 35 pages. Published by David Warin Solomons (S0.441513).

Item Number: S0.441513

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"Eidolons" (Joseph Dillon Ford) is a tribute to the memory and style of the composer
Johannes Brahms (1833–1897), and stands in a long line of works
extending from Couperin's "apotheoses" of Lully and Corelli to Ravel's
Le tombeau de Couperin and beyond. It is heroic and symphonic in scope,
acknowledging Brahms's steadfast advocacy of the great traditions of
tonal art music in an age of sweeping, often iconoclastic change, and his
important contributions to the preservation of earlier masterworks,
including an edition of the oeuvre of François Couperin.

Cast in classical sonata-allegro form, the exposition opens with a solemn
theme in G Minor of distinctively triadic construction. After a brief,
powerfully agitated transition, a gently lyrical theme enters in B-flat
Major, followed by a graceful, concise closing theme in the same key.
After the exposition is repeated, the development begins in G Major, this
time inverting the original triadic material. The agitated transitional
material of the exposition is then variously reintroduced, with considerable
emphasis on melodic and rhythmic motives to achieve an expansive,
intensely dramatic effect. At the recapitulation, the original theme
appears in a new guise, and the ensuing transition now leads to the
parallel key of G Major. The lyrical second theme is this time heard
in E-flat Major, but mysteriously turns back towards G Major before a quiet
but motivically animated coda brings the movement to a close.

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