Meyer Kupferman/Richard Wilson
Liner Notes   Cat. No. NWCR575     Release Date: 2007-02-01
Peter Alexander, clarinet; Robert Wagner, bassoon; Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston; Leon Botstein, Conductor;

My Clarinet Concerto (1984) was commissioned by Leon Botstein for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and was complet- ed in the summer of 1984. The work was composed especially for Peter Alexander, who had performed my Tunnels of Love earlier and premiered my A Little Licorice Concerto at the International Clarinet Festival (KlarFest) in Baltimore in 1986.

The new work was inspired by thoughts of Bach, Handel, and Scarlatti, whose 300th birthdays were being celebrated in 1985. The new concerto uses three melodic fragments—one from each of these three—as the basis for its structure...
                                                                                                     —Meyer Kupferman

My Bassoon Concerto exhibits three joined movements that are framed by music acting as prelude and postlude. The first two movements are rather fast and possess at least some characteristics of waltz and toccata, respectively. The concluding slow movement is of a lyrical nature.

Throughout, the bassoon displays a capacity for friendship. Its principal dialogues take place with the English horn, French horn, solo cello, bass clarinet and contrabassoon. It is most at home among the harp and marimba. It is most threatened by the trumpets and trombone. In the end, of course, it easily withstands their onslaughts to have, so to speak, the last word...

In 1979, I composed a set of eight short pieces for piano inspired by the curative and magical properties of herbs. Intended as teaching material for moderately advanced—but youthful—piano students, this work was published under the title Sour Flowers.

In the summer of 1988, I scored this music for the same orchestration as my Bassoon Concerto. I have dropped the herbal subtitles and inscriptions but retained the character designations present to the original for each movement...

Suite for Small Orchestra was given its premiere by the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Boston, Leon Botstein conducting, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, on September 10, 1988.
                                                                                               —Richard Wilson


This title, originally issued on the CRI label, is now available for order from New World Records as an on-demand CD (CD-R). It can also be downloaded in MP3/320, FLAC and/or WAV format(s).

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Track Listing

Clarinet Concerto: Con moto
Meyer Kupferman
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Clarinet Concerto: Adagio non troppo
Meyer Kupferman
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Clarinet Concerto: Allegro vivace e scherzando
Meyer Kupferman
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Concerto for Bassoon and Chamber Orchestra
Richard Wilson
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Suite for Small Orchestra: March
Richard Wilson
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Suite for Small Orchestra: Nocturne
Richard Wilson
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Suite for Small Orchestra: Waltz
Richard Wilson
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Suite for Small Orchestra: Benediction
Richard Wilson
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Suite for Small Orchestra: Tarantella
Richard Wilson
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Suite for Small Orchestra: Arabesque
Richard Wilson
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Suite for Small Orchestra: Prelude
Richard Wilson
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Suite for Small Orchestra: Valediction
Richard Wilson
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