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Title Poema De Amor
Composer David Johnstone
Instrumentation Solo Clarinet & String Orchestra (Solo Clarinet, Violin 1 & 2, Viola, Cello, Bass)
Duration Performance time approx. 6.30 mins
Cat. No. JM 47 SC
Edition / Format 2007 A4 Score & Extractions (instrumental parts)

The 'Poema de Amor' for Solo Clarinet and String Orchestra is an interesting work in the line of romantic film music, and was commissioned by the Spanish clarinettist Joan Borràs, to whom the piece is dedicated. After a brief introduction, the soloist enters with a 'cantabile' melody, sounding at all times ample and noble. This special melody is the essence or 'backbone' to the whole piece, where, in the central part, the soloist opens out in wider registers, culminating in a brief cadenza. This rather invites the orchestra to set forth and enjoy their one 'tutti' memorable climax, before the intensity is gradually reduced little by little (coinciding with the re-entry of the soloist), until arriving at a final part exceptionally tranquil. The orchestration should be seen as comfortable for even modest chamber and amateur orchestras. The duration of the work is of some six minutes, and can be flexibly inserted into a wide range of orchestral programming, both serious and light.

The world premiere of the work was given by the Strings of the Basque National Orchestra (conducted by Caroline Collier), who recorded it immediately afterwards on a CD titled 'Entre Dos Mundos' (Between Two Worlds) that is available from 'Creighton's Collection'. On both these occasions the soloist was Joan Borràs, and it was he who helped with the edition of the solo Clarinet part. There is also a chamber music version available for Clarinet and Piano accompaniment, which might be of real interest to those looking for contemporary 'tuneful' recital pieces or by those wishing to prepare better a performance as soloist with orchestra. The beauty of this piece is that it can sound equally impressive played by promising medium level students or by top class soloists!

Parts Solo Clarinet, Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello, Bass
Sound sample
from the album Entre Dos Mundos - Poema de Amor for Solo Clarinet and String Orchestra
Price Conductor Score + Soloist Part £17.50
Extractions (Instrumental Parts) available individually as required at £1.00 each
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