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Le Bonnet de Benny

Contemporary, Jazz
Groundbreaking original large scale work for clarinet ensemble.
Yershon, Gary
2x solo Bb . Eb . 4x Bb . acl . 2x bcl . Bb cb (2x pc) (cb)
16 minutes
8, 9



From the composer:

Le Bonnet de Benny was commissioned by l’association Gardoise des Ami.E.S de la Clarinette (AGAC) for a concert in October 2023 in honour of Benny Goodman. I am grateful to AGAC, in particular to Nicolas and Isabelle Stimbre, for instigating and supporting the project.

Although the piece is not in any way a concert grosso, the line-up is inspired by grosso grouping, i.e. small group of soloists, “concertino” and ensemble, “ripieno”. The soloists are Eb clarinet, 2x Bb clarinets and alto clarinet. The ripieno are four groups of Bb clarinets, liable to playing antiphonally. The two bass clarinets and the contrabass clarinet provide underpinning to everything else. 

The rhythm section comprises of drum kit, percussion and double bass. They are optional, however choosing to use them means using all three – one should not be deployed alone, nor as one of two.

With the forces described as above, Le Bonnet de Benny requires a minimum of 11 clarinets, but with ripieno forces increased to 2 on a part this becomes 15, or increased to 4 on part, this becomes 23 clarinets.

The E-Edition PDF bundle comes with a score and the following parts:

Standard parts
Clarinet in Eb
Solo Clarinet in Bb 1
Solo Clarinet in Bb 2
Alto Clarinet in Eb
Clarinet in Bb 1 (1-4 players)
Clarinet in Bb 2 (1-4 players)
Clarinet in Bb 3 (1-4 players)
Clarinet in Bb 4 (1-4 players)
Bass Clarinet in Bb 1
Bass Clarinet in Bb 2
Contrabass Clarinet in Bb

Optional parts
Drum Kit
Percussion: triangle, egg shaker, cowbell, tambourine, wood block
Double Bass


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