Click the links below to see and hear the movements in the Suite.
£13.50 – £18.00
- composer: John Holland
- instrumentation: Clarinet in Eb, 4 Clarinets in Bb, Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Contr'alto Clarinet, Contrabass Clarinet
- skill-level: Intermediate-Advanced
A collection of miniature pieces (‘short and sweet’ – get it?) to bring out the contrasting characteristics of each clarinet (and in turn, the whole ensemble) in not very much time at all. Starting with a strident and canonical Fanfare, there follows a Dance, but one where everyone’s feet seem to be in the wrong place after a fairly confident opening – thankfully, this gives way to a more soothing Soliloquy, with one half of the group descending to the depths whilst the other reaches for the sky; someone’s had a bit too much caffeine in Coffee Buzz, with lots of nervous jittering going on… a brief Postlude allows the alto to shine, giving the rest of the ensemble a chance to recap on some of the themes heard so far, before a slow, relaxing exhale.