Chamber Symphony No. 3 for Clarinet and Orchestra
Daniel W. McCarthy
About this work:
Chamber Symphony No. 3 was written for the Cleveland Chamber Symphony and clarinetist Kristina Belisle. This is the third work by McCarthy titled "Chamber Symphony" written for a soloist and chamber group. The term is used instead of "concerto" due to a more virtuosic approach to the ensemble writing so that ensemble and soloist are intimately involved. Chamber Symphony No. 1 for Marimba and Winds and Chamber Symphony No. 2for Bassoon and Winds are recorded on Klavier Records by the North Texas Wind Symphony conducted by Eugene Corporon.
The six movements were written during a dark period of the composer's life involving several family deaths and deep personal struggle. The second movement, Holy Ghost, is a remembrance of McCarthy's mother, a strong woman of faith who died in the summer of 2002. A Voice in the Dark depicts the reality of living with the specter of those who have passed. TanzMusik, a lively dance movement, is perhaps a bit sarcastic. It is about trying to dance the lively dance in the midst of profound doubt and struggle.
Year composed: 2003
Ensemble type: Orchestra:Chamber Orchestra with Soloist(s)
Instrumentation: 1 Flute, 1 Oboe, 1 Clarinet,1 Clarinet soloist(s), 1 Bass Clarinet, 1 Bassoon, 1 Horn in F, 1 Trumpet, 1 Trombone, 1 Tuba, 1 Timpani, 2 Percussion (General), 1 Piano, 8 Violin, 4 Viola, 4 Cello, 2 Double bass
Instrumentation notes: Available form: C. Alan Publications, P.O. Box 29323
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