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Three American Pieces

for Clarinet in B-Flat and Piano

By Lukas Foss

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Chamber Clarinet, Piano
For Clarinet in B-Flat and Piano. Composed by Lukas Foss (1922-). Edited by Seunghee Lee. Arranged by Richard Stoltzman. SWS. Set of Score and Parts. With Standard notation. 24+8 pages. Carl Fischer Music #W2684. Published by Carl Fischer Music (CF.W2684).

Item Number: CF.W2684

ISBN 9781491148990. 9 x 12 inches.

This edition of the beautiful Three American Pieces by Lukas Foss offers revisions by acclaimed clarinetist Seunghee Lee. As a student, Lee fell in love with clarinet icon Richard Stoltzman's original arrangement and would later work directly with Lukas Foss to improve the piece's playability for performance on the clarinet. Lee has been performing her version for years and in tandem with the release of this edition, she is also releasing the world-premiere recording of the piece on her album, Full Circle.
In the spring of 2005, I had the privilege of playing for Lukas Foss and working directly with the composer on his Three American Pieces arranged for clarinet and piano. This experience led to creating a revised version and it is my great honor to partner with the composer's publisher, Carl Fischer, to publish this new edition. Over the years, after my performance of this piece at the Dame Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago went on-line, I've received numerous inquiries about where to get the sheet music, and since working with Lukas Foss, it has been a long time dream of mine to someday record it. I'm delighted to finally fulfill that dream by releasing a world-premiere recording, included in my album, Full Circle, and it doubles the joy to simultaneously launch this newly edited sheet music to share. As a student, I used to spend hours sifting through shelves of sheet music at music stores like Patelson's Music House in New York City, hoping to find new works to add to my collection. There, I stumbled upon the Three American Pieces included inside Richard Stoltzman's Songbook, also published by Carl Fischer. This Songbook was full of beautiful compositions especially written for him and arranged by him. When I played through the Three American Pieces composed by Lukas Foss, I felt instantly connected and knew I had found a hidden treasure! Serendipity! But I also had many questions. There were no recordings of this piece on the clarinet at the time. I was learning this piece on my own and found some places in the music to be out of range for the clarinet, especially in the third movement, as it was originally written for the violin. I wanted to meet with the composer. When I inquired through Carl Fischer, to my surprise, I got an invitation by Lukas Foss himself to meet him at his Upper West Side apartment in New York City. I found him to be a gentle and kind-hearted man who was very devoted to his work. During our meeting, I mentioned my concerns and bravely asked him if I could change some notes to make them more easily playable for the clarinet. He approved! I would like to acknowledge Richard Stoltzman, a clarinet icon of our time and a long time friend of Lukas Foss, for his vision to be the first to arrange and transcribe this piece and paving the way for other clarinetists like me to enjoy. Big thanks to the staff at Carl Fischer for working with me to publish this newly edited version and giving it a new life, as a stand-alone piece. It is my wish that all of my fellow clarinetists will come to enjoy this fantastic gem as much as I have.

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