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Orchestra Cello, Contrabass, Piano, Viola, Violin 1, Violin 2, Violin 3 (Viola T.C.) - 1.5
Composed by Larry Clark. First-Plus String Orchestra (FAS). Score and part(s). With Standard notation. 8 + 70 pages. Duration 0:02:59. Carl Fischer Music #FAS97. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.FAS97).

Item Number: CF.FAS97

ISBN 9781491143049. Key: D major.

Expectations is dedicated to Larry Clark's young son. It was written with thoughts of his playful nature, which can be heard throughout the piece, while the lush, emotional opening depicts the composer's awe at being a parent to a wonderful little boy. This touching piece will stretch the musicianship of young string students, but it will be worth the journey.
Expectations is a special piece for me. I wrote it with my youngest son Benjamin in mind. Most nine year olds, as Benjamin, are full of carefree joy, wonder and excitement. It was my hope to depict that nature in the style of the piece. The piece begins sentimentally, as I remember the overwhelming joy I felt upon his birth. There is nothing that can replace the feeling of becoming a dad. Ben has always been a daddy's boy and is a great hugger! This first section of the piece should be lush and musical. It is important to ask young musicians to play with heart. They can certainly do it but might have to be asked to pour some emotion into bringing the music to life. After the lyrical opening the piece heads off on a carefree journey with a bouncy bass line and a jaunty tune. There are moments of counterpoint in the piece where the melody echoes itself. The musical material from the beginning returns several times as the bridge material, the glue that holds the piece together. It is my hope that if nothing else, the piece brings a smile to your face. Perhaps it can also serve to teach young students contrast and musicianship in music. It has been my pleasure to have the opportunity to write this piece. I hope you and your students enjoy it and find it useful for your program. -Larry Clark Lakeland, FL 2016.

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