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Clarinet Sextet

clarinet ensemble edition

Genres: Classical, Contemporary, World/Ethnic
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Clarinet Sextet


Mihael Kozjek (Slovenian musicologist) said about Clarinet Sextet: “Clarinet Sextet” was composed in 2006. It is an extremely concise, artfully structured musical work in four contrasting movements, marked in some places by joyful lyricism and in others by overflowing energy, with these qualities always being embedded in the crystal clear architecture of the composition. The first movement, composed of two parts, is the longest. The brief slow introduction is characterized by melodious theme from which the composer weaves the entire introduction. This then suddenly turns to the energetic central part of the movement, marked by a temperamental dance with a Latin-American flavor, after which the musical flow settles into a lyrical conclusion. The second movement is a fast, motoric toccata with the character of an etude, somewhat reminiscent of the neoclassical language of Igor Stravinsky. Despite its binary meter, we feel the pulse of a traditional scherzo. Although the melodic material, derived from the opening theme, is more or less the same, the harmonic plan is quite diverse, providing ample freshness and variety. The beginning of the third movement is marked by rich harmonies, forming pitch clusters with melancholy character. The music gives rise to a deep expressivity, while the mirror development of the harmonic formations is of particular interest. The composer builds these formations from the lower to the higher registers at the beginning of the movement. A more melodically inspired central section follows, while the concluding part of the movement is constructed from pitch material that moves from the upper registers to the lower, concluding with an optimistic, major chord. The faster pace gives the last movement an effortless zest and a fluid texture, from which the virtuosity and playfulness of the clarinets bubble forth.”

The recording of 'Clarinet Sextet' used on our samples page is from the CD 'Extensiveness'.


Eb cl Bb cl Bb cl Basset/Eb altol Bs cl Bb ContraCl

Performance Notes

'Clarinet Sextet' is comprised of four movements:
1. Cantilena
2. Cascade
3. Piramide
4. Finale

Scored for:
Eb Clarinet
Bb Clarinet 1
Bb Clarinet 2
Basset Horn or Alto Clarinet in Eb
Bass Clarinet
Contrabass Clarinet in Bb

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