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Solo clarinet/wind ensemble - Level 4.5/6
Composed by Brian Balmages. Arranged by Brian Balmages. Solo/ensembles. Canzonique Music. Full set (score and parts). Score only also available: CM7003S. Score and set of parts. Duration 10 minutes. Published by The FJH Music Company Inc (FJ.CM7003).

Item Number: FJ.CM7003

Premiered at the 2005 Michigan Music Educaotrs Conference, Escapades was commissioned by the Grand Valley State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the baton of Barry D. Martin, with Arthur Campbell as clarinet soloist. Since the premiere, it has been scheduled for additional performances in the United States and abroad. The piece gets its inspiration from the title, which can be defined as "a usually adventurous action that runs counter to approved or conventional conduct." This piece is a series of changing "escapades" (or variations) which develop and explore different aspects of the opening thematic material. The entire work builds into a free improvisational section before all elements of are united in the final presto of the composition (10:00).

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