for Clarinet in A, Two Violins, Viola, and Two CellosNovember 26, 2009—February 22, 2010
Duration: 23 ½ minutes
for Fred Jacobowitz and Bonnie Thron
premiered on my Feb. 28, 2012 concert at Duke University.
Eric Pritchard and Mary Kay Robinson, violin;
David Marschall, viola; Nathan Leyland and Bonnie
Thron, cellos; Fred Jacobowitz, clarinet
Introduction and exit from the WHQR
broadcast of Sept. 28, 2015 by Pat Marriot (mp3)
Small Still Voice [6:25]
Faster, Higher, Louder [6:21]
Curious Interlude [6:31]
Oregano I: Oregano
II: Oregano I: Oregano II: Oregano I
IV. A Fearful Earful [5:09] MP3
*Concert for Clarinet and Strings
for Clarinet in A and String Orchestra
from Clarinet Sextet, July, 2012)
written two chamber works previous to this including clarinet; Quartet for a New Beginning, for
clarinet, violin, cello and piano, and Grand
Serenade for clarinet, cello and piano. These combinations worked well for
the kind of music that I write. Also, there are two local married couples here
in Raleigh where the husband plays clarinet and the wife is a cellist; Fred
Jacobowitz and Bonnie Thron, who premiered the Grand Serenade, and Jimmy Gilmore and Elizabeth Beilman, who
premiered the quartet.
most of my chamber music includes piano, sometimes I like to get away from it for
a bit. At first I intended to write a clarinet quintet for the usual clarinet
and string quartet, but from the first few measures the music insisted on an
extra cello. So—I went with the flow.
July 2012, I decided to expand the sextet by adding a double bass part and thus
make it a work for clarinet and string orchestra. This will improve the balance
and make the kind of lush sound that suits the music. As this is not really in
the style of a “concerto” for soloist with an accompaniment, I call it simply a
“concert” for clarinet and strings.
For no particular reason, the tempo
markings are all taken from food. Except for the first movement’s “Adagio con
queso”, none give an idea as to tempo, requiring musicians to refer to the
metronome markings, which I much prefer.
The Clarinet Sextet premiere performance has been broadcast twice on WCPE.
Accidentals hold through the measure
and not beyond, and do not refer to other octaves. Sometimes I include courtesy
accidentals to avoid confusion.
Fred Jacobowitz received his
Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Juilliard School, where he studied with
the late Leon Russianoff. He made his New York Debut at Carnegie Recital Hall
(now Weill Hall) as winner of the Artists International Competition. He was a
featured soloist on radio stations WBAI and WQXR in New York City, with the
Goldman Band, and in recital throughout the Metropolitan New York area. As a
chamber musician, he has participated in the Marlboro Music Festival and played
in the Verrazano Winds Woodwind Quintet in Brooklyn, New York. Mr. Jacobowitz
was Principal Clarinetist in the Annapolis (Maryland) Symphony Orchestra from
1989-2002. He is equally at home in the worlds of Classical, Jazz and Folk,
having performed and recorded with his Kol Haruach Klezmer Band (www.kolharuach.com) and his
and Ivory (www.ebonyandivory.ca). He has performed as recitalist and soloist throughout
the US and Canada and in Panama. Mr. Jacobowitz now resides in Raleigh, NC,
where (when not performing out of town) he teaches and freelances, and he can
often be heard playing concerts with his wife, North Carolina Symphony
Principal ‘Cellist Bonnie Thron. He runs his own business, Case Closed (www.case-closed.us), fixing musical instrument cases and is a sometime
Little League Baseball Umpire.
Nathan Leyand, cello, attended the Manhattan School of
Music, where he studied with Nathaniael Rosen. Before moving to the Triangle,
he was principal cellist of the Des Moines Symphony and member of the Pioneer
String Quartet. Leyland has performed as soloist with symphony orchestras in
Ohio, New York and Connecticut, and as recitalist and chamber musician in much
of the United States. He is currently an active freelancer in North Carolina,
performing with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Mallarme Chamber
Players, the Carolina Ballet Orchestra among others.
Marschall has been a
member of the North Carolina Symphony since 1987. He was appointed Associate
Principal Viola in 2007, and this season he is serving as Acting Principal
Viola. Since 1990, he has spent his summers playing in the orchestra of the
Santa Fe Opera. David is a member of the chamber ensemble Quercus, and he
is a member of New Music Raleigh, an ensemble dedicated to the music of living
composers. He performs regularly in the Peace College Chamber Music Series and
with the Mallarme Chamber Players.
David has also served as Principal Viola
for the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the Columbus Pro Musica Chamber
Orchestra. He was a member of the New Orleans Symphony, the Innsbruck (Austria)
Symphony, the Des Moines Metro Opera, and the Colorado Philharmonic.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, David studied
first at Ohio State, and he received his Master's degree from the Peabody
Conservatory, where he studied with Karen Tuttle. His viola was made in 2009 by
Grubaugh and Seifert of California. David's wife, Amy, teaches German and
English at Raleigh Charter High School, and they have two sons, Philip and
Eric Pritchard, violinist, has been a member of Ciompi Quartet since 1995 and was
formerly the first violinist of the Alexander and Oxford Quartets. Mr.
Pritchard has taught at Miami University, San Francisco State University, City
University of New York and the North Carolina School of the Arts. He was winner
of the National Federation of Music Clubs Award in Violin as well as the
first-prize winner at the Portsmouth (England) International String Quartet
Competition and the Coleman and Fischoff national chamber music competitions.
He has performed widely as a recitalist and as soloist with the Boston Pops and
orchestras in Europe and South America. His major teachers were Eric
Rosenblith, Josef Gingold, Ivan Galamian and Isadore Tinkleman and he holds
degrees from Indiana University and the Juilliard School. He has performed many
works by Bill Robinson since 2006.
Mary Kay Robinson, violinist, is a 1968 graduate of the
Juilliard School, where she studied with Dorothy DeLay and Ivan Galamian. She
studied chamber music with Felix Galimir, Donald Weilerstein, Josef Gingold and
members of the Guarneri String Quartet. She furthered her education with
studies with Glenn Dicterow, Gregory
Fulkerson and Gerald Beal. Her first
job after graduation was as violin instructor at the University of Tennessee,
in her hometown of Knoxville, where she filled in for her former teacher,
William Starr, who was on sabbatical in Japan. She was a member of the
University of Tennessee String Quartet and later held a similar position in the
University of Maryland String Quartet.
Mary Kay was member of the Atlanta
Symphony Orchestra from 1969 to 1973, where she also participated in many
chamber music concerts with her orchestra colleagues. Later she joined the New Jersey Symphony
Orchestra and substituted for many years with the New York Philharmonic
Orchestra. She has played chamber music with many illustrious musicians
including Paul Neubauer, Kerry McDermott, Muneko Otani, Dan Foster, Yehonatan
Berrick, Fred Sherry, Steve Balderston, and Peter Lloyd, Andres Cardenes, and
She has toured with Solisti New York and spent
many summers playing with the OK Mozart Festival, Grand Teton Music Festival,
and Bellingham Festival of Music. All the while she has maintained an active
private teaching studio and worked on the ground floor of a joint project with the NJ Symphony and the Newark city schools, bringing string
teaching to second, third and fourth
graders. She helped develop the NJ Symphony’s Outreach program, which today
carries music to people all over the state of NJ from hospitals and nursing
homes to museums, libraries and schools. In 2008 she taught at Duke University
as well as maintaining a private studio. Also that year, she performed Bill
Robinson’s Sonata for Solo Violin #4
at Brevard, NC.
Thron; Principal cellist of the North Carolina Symphony,
Bonnie has been a concerto soloist with many orchestras in North Carolina, New
England, Maryland and Panama. She has been a soloist and frequent collaborator
with the Brussels Chamber Orchestra during their summer North Carolina
residencies. Bonnie plays with the Mallarme Chamber Players and was involved in
their latest cd release "Songs for the Soul" which consists of music
by African American composers. Formerly a member of the Peabody Trio and the
Denver Symphony, she also performed with the Orpheus Chamber Ensemble and
Speculum Musicae in NYC. She has been a frequent guest artist with the Apple
Hill Chamber Players in her home state of New Hampshire and participates every
August in the Sebago Long Lake Music Festival in Harrison, Maine. As well as
degrees from the Juilliard School, Bonnie also has a BSN from the Johns Hopkins
School of Nursing and worked for several years as a nurse in Baltimore.