Suite Nothings for Clarinet Choir
Composer Arthur Gottschalk says, "Suite Nothings was commissioned by Houston Symphony clarinetist Richard Nunemaker for his Effortless Clarinet Studio. It is dedicated to Michael Perricone, a talented amateur clarinetists and member of Nunemaker's studio, who was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer just prior to rehearsals for the seventh annual studio recital. Movement 1 ('The March of the Licorice Stick Figures') is a strange little march, at times duple and others compound. Movement 2 ('Weird Harold's Stomp') is a touch more funky, albeit in 13 beat groupings, and owes a partial debt and perhaps apology to jazz legend Herbie Hancock. The final movement is an all-out atonal yet swinging romp, whose theme was originally written for the Band of the First Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, based in Townsville, Queensland. These guys march into battle with full field packs, their weapons, AND their instruments! Hence the title, 'The Royal Australian Regiment Rondo'."
Solo Parts Included: Eb Clarinet, Bb Clarinets 1-3, Alto Clarinet, Bass Clarinets 1-2, Contrabass Clarinet (optional)