George Walker

Five Fancies for Clarinet and Piano Four Hands

 

    Five Fancies for Clarinet and Piano Four Hands was commissioned by the David Ensemble, Warren Wilson, director.  It was completed in June of 1974 and is, perhaps, the first work of its kind for this combination.  The premiere was given by the David Ensemble in Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, in 1975.   Five Fancies consists of a theme with five variations.  The theme, expressed in whole notes, is preceded by a nine measure introduction.  Variation I presents the five notes in the cadenza-like clarinet part.  Variation II distributes the notes harmonically in the piano parts.  Variation III uses the notes in diminution in the piano.  Variation IV incorporates the five notes in a twelve tone row.  Variation V returns the theme to the clarinet.

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