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The Darkling SerenadeSymphonic Study for Clarinet Ensemble

McNeff, Stephen

Reflections on Thomas Hardy's poem 'The Darkling Thrush' inspired this multi-movement work for clarinets. The predominently dark-grained timbre of the clarinet ensemble, capable of so many subtle changes in sound and mood, perfectly express the sometimes gaunt, sometimes frail but always optimistic thrush in these remarkable verses. But don't be mislead, this is a work of symphonic stature, powerful, demanding, full of suprises and an extraordinary piece of writing.

Grad AB 7-8 US 5

16 minutes


Set and Score

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Darkling Serenade move 1

move 2

move 3

move 4

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