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Four World Variants for Clarinet Quartet

By Brett L. Wery

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Clarinet, Woodwind Quartet, Clarinet Quartet (four B-flat clarinets) - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Brett L. Wery. 21st Century, Neo-Classical, World, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 76 pages. Published by Sonata Grendel Publishing (S0.251021).

Item Number: S0.251021

All the movements of Four World Variants are based on onetheme. The theme proper can be heard in the fugue subject of the firstmovement. The second movement uses the theme in retrograde inversion (backwardsand upside down) to emulate the music of Gagaku. Gagaku literally translates as“elegant music” and is the ancient imperial court music of Japan. The thirdmovement uses the theme in retrograde (simply backwards) to create a sarabande.Sarabandes are typically associated with the dance suites of the Baroque erabut are said to have originated in Central and North America. The Sarabande wasbanned for a time in 16th  century Spain for it’s lasciviousnature. The final movement uses the original form of the theme combined with atraditional drumming pattern of the Ewe people of Togo, Benin, and Ghana, WestAfrica.

I. Europe: An Enlightenment Fugue 

II. Asia: A Gagaku Serenade 

III. A New World Sarabande 

IV. Africa: Ewe Polyrhythms

This 14 minute suite is scored for two four B-flatclarinets and is ideal for high school, college or professional players.


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