Sonata “Roots” for Clarinet and One Percussion

Sonata “Roots” for Clarinet and One Percussion

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“In the Beginning,” Movement I, starts slowly and mysteriously with maracas and bongos and the clarinetist making clicking and grunting sounds, blowing air through the instrument, and stomping his feet with sleigh bells attached to his legs.

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The Sonata (subtitled “Roots”) is in three movements.

  1. “In the Beginning” (use Eb Clarinet) 3:44
  2. “Swing” (use Bb Clarinet) 4:15
  3. “Extra Time” (use Bb Clarinet) 4:01

“In the Beginning,” Movement I, starts slowly and mysteriously with maracas and bongos and the clarinetist making clicking and grunting sounds, blowing air through the instrument, and stomping his feet with sleigh bells attached to his legs. The first theme enters at measure 31 over a rhythmic arpeggio set up by the Eb clarinet and finally by the marimba. The movement closes out softly.

“Swing,” Movement II, begins with the marimba “rubato e bluesy” followed by the vibraphone and Bb clarinet, each performing a permutation of the main theme of the movement. Using brushes, the drumset prepares the way for the clarinet figure. After the player switches to marimba, the clarinet and marimba begin a duet that continues until measure 35. After the transition, the second theme begins at 40 supported by the vibraphone. The allegro returns as a development and then transitions into the original beginning segment.

“Extra Time,” Movement III, is multi-meter and presto is the tempo. The A theme begins immediately, and at measure 36, the clarinet performs a variety of figures over the 5/4 rhythm set up by the marimba. The marimba solos at 44 followed by a short quiet interlude at 52. There is recap of the A section at 66. At 72 the clarinet performs a cadenza followed by a marimba cadenza. The beginning returns in augmentation at 90, but with added material. The A theme returns and the piece quickly ends.

 

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