Commissioned by the clarinet ensemble “Grow” for their 10th anniversary. “CRESCITA” is the Italian version of the ensemble name “Grow”.
The music begins with a slow, peaceful melody. As the tempo picks up, the melody changes character to a more lively syncopated style. This depicts the ensemble’s history, growing together, overcoming hardships while progressing forward. The piece also includes an excerpt from “Antiche danze ed arie per liuto” by Ottorino Respighi. It was one of favorites of the late Shigeru Yamamoto, former conductor of the ensemble. It represents beautiful memories.
The premier was done by all the members of the clarinet choir “Grow” conducted by Takeo Toriyabe. To make the music more accessible for various groups, the ensemble suggested it to be for an octet. I believe the first half of the piece will capture the uniqueness of each performing group (feel free to add agogic accents). The contrast between the sentimental and the lively, exciting sections should create a splendid performance.
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1st Clarinet in Bb
2nd Clarinet in Bb
3rd Clarinet in Bb
4th Clarinet in Bb
Alto Clarinet in Eb (or Basset Horn)
Bass Clarinet in Bb
Contra-alto Clarinet in Eb (or Contrabass Clarinet in Bb or String Bass)