Edward Gregson: Tributes for clarinet & piano


Catalogue No: NOV091146
Shop Product Code: 257727U
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ISBN: 9781849383622

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Department: Woodwind - Clarinet

Instrumentation: Clarinet, Piano

Publisher: Novello

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ABRSM Clarinet 2014-20178 
Trinity College London Clarinet 2013-2016678 
Edward Gregson completed Tributes in the summer of 2010.

Lasting some 16 minutes, there are five pieces in the set, each dedicated to a different composer and a different clarinettist (with whom Gregson had long musical associations). Each of the dedicatee composers wrote wonderfully for the Clarinet and, as a tribute to them, Gregson tried to invade, indeed imitate, their stylistic worlds in these pieces.

They are as follows:

- To Francis Poulenc (for Emma Johnson) – a rather dreamy toccata, lyrical in feel, but interrupted by typically quirky and disruptive rhythmic episodes.
- To Gerald Finzi (for John Bradbury) – slow and lyrical with long melodic arches.
- To Igor Stravinsky (for Linda Merrick) – asymmetric rhythms dominate, with wide leaps in the solo line and bitonal harmony on the Piano.
- To Olivier Messiaen (for Nicholas Cox) – based on the ravishing slow movement for Cello in his Quartet for the End of Time, a seamless melody is woven around ever-changing repeated chords on the Piano.
- To Béla Bartók (for Michael Collins) – the most virtuoso of the set; after a slow introduction, a swirling folk-like dance unfolds, mirroring Bartok’s penchant for simple modal shapes and ostinati rhythms.


Contents and Reviews

- à Francis Poulenc
- à Igor Stravinsky
- à Olivier Messiaen
- to Béla Bartók
- to Gerald Finzi