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by Michael Dean

Fresh, accessible and compelling music for solo clarinet.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Filtrò Poi Una Luce
4:25 $0.99
2. Suite: Fairly Slowly
1:20 $0.99
3. Suite: Quarter Note, Ca. 69
3:16 $0.99
4. Suite: Eight Note, Ca. 144
1:24 $0.99
5. Tango-Etude No. 4 Lento - Meditativo
4:20 $0.99
6. Mysteries: Covenant
2:33 $0.99
7. Mysteries: Suffering
5:18 $0.99
8. Mysteries: Dance of Life
3:25 $0.99
9. Solo
2:41 $0.99
10. Syrinx, L. 129
2:13 $0.99
11. Stuff: Theme With Seven Variations
6:02 $0.99
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"For the last ten years or so, I’ve toured across the USA and abroad as a solo clarinet recitalist and master clinician. As my solo show has developed and evolved, I’ve commissioned, adapted and developed a repertoire of fresh and accessible solo works for unaccompanied clarinet and clarinet/CD. This CD features some of those works along with some other gems I found in my search for new literature." Michael Dean

Filtrò poi una luce by Andrea Ferrante (b. 1968)

Andrea Ferrante’s music is performed regularly throughout Europe, Asia, and the Americas, recorded on the Videoradio - RAI Trade and published by Edizioni Carrara (BG) and Edizioni Simeoli (NA). He currently teaches at the Conservatorio di Musica di Stato “Arcangelo Corelli” in Messina, and serves as the Coordinator of the Education program at the Conservatorio di Musica "Antonio Scontrino" in Trapani.

In 2000, Andrea Ferrante won a competition sponsored by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities, and Research (MIUR). From 1996 to 1999 he served as the Editorial Director of the Neopoiesis Editrice, winning the important “Diego Fabbri” prize sponsored by RAI-Radiotelevisione Italiana.

Filtrò poi una luce was originally composed for viola and piano. Ferrante arranged Filtrò for Michael Dean, who premiered the clarinet and piano version in February of 2011. This CD features the premiere recording of a version for clarinet and CD, also arranged by the composer for Dean.

Filtrò poi una luce roughly translates as “filtering of the light.” Commenting on the meaning of the title, Ferrante said, “As when [in] the morning a ray of sun enters from the window of your room… softly.”

The sheet music and CD accompaniment for Filtrò is available from the composer at andrea.ferrante@virgilio.it.

Suite by Alec Wilder (1907-1980)

Alec Wilder wrote a great deal of music of remarkable originality in many forms: instrumental solos, chamber music, works for orchestral and wind ensemble, musical comedies, film music, ballets, operas, and hundreds of popular songs. His music is a unique blend of American musical traditions - including American popular song, jazz, and basic "classical" forms and techniques. As such it fiercely resists all labeling. Often his music wasn't jazzy enough for the “jazzers;” frequently it wasn’t “highbrow,” “classical” or “avant-garde” enough for the classical establishment. His music was never out of vogue because, in effect, it was never in vogue. The non-stereotypical nature of his music virtually precluded any widespread acceptance.

However, Wilder did endear himself to a relatively small, but loyal, group of diverse performers. Wilder’s admirers included jazz musicians, classical musicians and popular singers. Frank Sinatra was an early fan of Wilder's music and an avid supporter. He even persuaded Columbia Records in 1945 to record some of Wilder's solo wind works with string orchestra (with Sinatra himself conducting!). The two men became life-long friends and Sinatra recorded many of Wilder's popular songs.

Other noted musicians associated with Wilder include Erich Leinsdorf, Frederick Fennell, Gunther Schuller, John Barrows, Marian McPartland, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Doc Severinson, Clark Terry, Mabel Mercer, Peggy Lee, and Tony Bennett.

"What so many of us respect in Alec Wilder was his absolute independence as an artist. For years Alec wrote music of taste
and quality with that personal melodic touch that was all his own, undaunted by musical fashion or fads. In short…he was
an American 'original.'" - Gunther Schuller

This Suite features selected movements from two different Wilder Suites originally written for unaccompanied flute. The first movement here is the first movement of his Low Register Suite No. 1 (c.1973). The other two movements are the final two movements of the twelve-movement Suite for Unaccompanied Flute (1975.) (Wilder often used the word “suite” and was extremely flexible about his music, so this title is appropriate.)

The music for Wilder’s original flute suites is available from standard music stores.

Tango-Etudes by Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)

Astor Piazzolla was an Argentine tango composer and a master bandoneón player. His music revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music. He is widely considered the most important tango composer of the latter half of the twentieth century. He is known in his native land as “El Gran Ástor” (“The Great Astor”).

Tango-Etudes was originally written for flute or violin. They were transcribed for clarinet (or saxophone) by Claude Delangle and Piazzolla himself. This CD features the fourth etude of the set of six. The work is available from standard music stores.

Mysteries by Jeffrey Hoover (b. 1959)

Jeffrey Hoover’s work – music ranging from soloist to symphony orchestra – has received recognition through the prestigious Trieste prize, awards from Mu Phi Epsilon, the Lancaster Fine Arts Festival, grants, publications, fellowships, and over 20 commissions. He is a member of the ACME roster of Mu Phi Epsilon, recognized for distinguished achievements as a composer. As producer of New Music Today concerts, he has been active in bringing together the audience, performer and composer. Dr. Hoover is Director of the Integrated Arts Program at the University of Baltimore.

Mysteries is a three-movement work for clarinet and CD on three biblical topics: Covenant, Suffering, and Dance of Life. The original work, Five Mysteries, was written for soprano saxophone and premiered by the composer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1997. This clarinet version was adapted by the composer for Michael Dean, who premiered it on his tour of Southern California in the fall of 2005. The sheet music and CD accompaniment for Mysteries are available from the composer at artmusic1@verizon.net.

Solo by Don Ellis (1934-1978)

Don Ellis was a jazz trumpeter, drummer, bandleader, touring performer, recording artist, composer, and arranger. Ellis played with a variety of prestigious big bands and jazz groups, including those of Charlie Barnet, Maynard Ferguson, Lionel Hampton, Woody Herman, and Stan Kenton. He also led big bands, jazz orchestras, trios, quartets, and other small combos of his own.

Ellis is perhaps best known for his unusual and complex meters, amplified trumpet, electronic distortion, and quarter-tone melodic structures. He often used 9/4, 5/8, 7/8, 9/8, and 19/4 time signatures. He played a quarter-tone trumpet with four valves, which gave subtlety and microtonal effects to his music. Ellis received several Grammy nominations and his "Theme from The French Connection" won the Grammy for "Best Instrumental Arrangement" in 1972.

Solo is a transcription by Don Erjavec of an improvised solo by Don Ellis from his CD, The Don Ellis Quintet, New Ideas.

"Solo is just what it implies – a trumpet solo. This also was done in only one take – with nothing consciously planned before the recording. It seems like the most logical thing conceivable in jazz with its emphasis on self expression for a single performer to stand up and play without having to adjust to any other musicians, yet it is rarely done." - Don Ellis

The music for Solo can be found in the Jazz Educators Journal (Fall 1991).

NOTE: "True to the spirit of the original, I recorded Solo in one take. Similarly, over a cadenza-like section toward the end, I did some improvisation myself." Michael Dean

Syrinx by Claude Debussy (1862-1918)

Famous French composer Claude Debussy wrote Syrinx for solo unaccompanied flute in 1913 as incidental music to the uncompleted play, “Psyché” by Gabriel Mourey. Syrinx was originally called "Flûte de Pan." Since one of Debussy's Chansons de Bilitis had already been given that title, it was given its final name in reference to the myth of the amorous pursuit of the nymph Syrinx by the god Pan.

In classical mythology, Pan falls in love with Syrinx; however, Syrinx does not return his love. She is chased by Pan to a river's edge and asks for assistance from the river nymphs. In answer, she is transformed into hollow water reeds and hides in the marshes. Pan shows up and cuts the reeds to fashion the first set of pan pipes, which became known as syrinx.
This arrangement of Syrinx for clarinet by Avrahm Galper is available at www.avrahm-galper.woodwind.org/Syrinx.pdf.

Stuff: Theme with Seven Variations by James Grant (b. 1954)

For over three decades, James Grant has been commissioned by individuals, choruses, chamber ensembles and orchestras who have performed his music throughout the world. In 2002, Grant was one of five American composers to win the Aaron Copland Award. In 2004, he won the Sylvia Goldstein Award, sponsored by Copland House.

Grant's colorful musical language is known by musicians and audiences for its honed craft and immediacy, and his ability to compose music appropriate to specific levels of experience has found him working with groups ranging from professional orchestras, choruses, solo recitalists, new music ensembles and ballet companies to community choruses, university choral and instrumental ensembles, and youth orchestras. His music, distributed exclusively through Potenza Music Publishing, is regularly programmed at music festivals, symposia, and clinics; and his desire to compose new music for a given repertoire and specific instrumentation has led to many successful consortium commissions, a concept championed by the composer.

Along with his wife, fine-art photographer Elizabeth Siegfried, Grant lives and works in Oxtongue Lake, ON, and in Sarasota, FL.

"Stuff is a version for clarinet of the first of four recital pieces commissioned by and dedicated to 78 adventure-seeking tubists representing 30 states and three countries, who fearlessly joined the 2001 Solstice/Equinox Commissioning Consortium. As each Solstice and Equinox approached during the year 2001, a new recital piece was sent out to the participants." - James Grant

The music for Stuff is available at www.potenzamusic.com.

American clarinetist Michael Dean has performed as a recitalist and master clinician internationally and across the United States to much acclaim. On a tour of music schools in England he was praised as "dynamic," "inspirational," "super," and "a brilliant performer." The tour was highlighted by a stop at the world-renowned Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.

Recital appearances at Carnegie Hall, the prestigious international ClarinetFest, and the NACWPI National Symposium headline Michael Dean's extensive and versatile performing career. On tours of New York, Florida, California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas, his recitals and master classes have been enthusiastically received at prominent music schools such as Eastman, Ithaca, Crane, Florida State, Florida, UCF, USF, CalArts, Cal State Northridge, Cal State Long Beach, San Diego State, UNLV, Arizona State, Arizona, Northern Arizona, Rice, SMU, TCU, Texas State, and the University of North Texas.

His solo CD, Desertscape: New Music for Clarinet, consists of works he has commissioned and premiered. In a review, NACWPI Journal says, "Dean performs the works here admirably, and makes them all sound easy, the mark of a true professional. His use of dynamic contrasts is especially striking." In another review, MusicWeb International praises Dean's clarinet tone and his "expressive phrasing."

Michael Dean is also featured on a recent CD, Woodwind Music of Robert Fruehwald, Vol. 1. A second CD of Fruehwald's music for woodwinds (Vol. 2) featuring Michael Dean will be available in 2014. Dean also appears as chamber musician and soloist on another CD, Red Mesa Trio.

He has performed with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra, Nevada Symphony Orchestra, Abilene Philharmonic Orchestra, Garland Symphony Orchestra, Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, Southeast Chamber Players, and the Red Mesa Trio. He recently performed for a number of years with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to commissioning, premiering, and editing numerous new clarinet works, he has published a book, Clarinet On Campus. His articles have appeared in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal, and The Bandmasters' Review. As “ClarinetMike,” he actively writes for his widely-read clarinet blog, clarinetmike.wordpress.com.

Michael Dean is an active clarinet performer, teacher, and consultant based in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas Metroplex. He has given more than 200 clinics, master classes, and performances at high schools, junior high schools, colleges, universities, and conferences across the United States and abroad. He was recently Associate Professor of Clarinet at Southeast Missouri State University. He is a Past President of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI).

Dr. Michael Dean holds degrees in clarinet performance from Texas Tech University, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and the University of Texas at Arlington. His web page, clarinetmike.com, features video and audio of his performing and teaching as well as information on his CD's and other publications. He lives in Hurst, Texas with his wife, two children, and golden retriever, Andy.

Special Thanks to Robert Fruehwald, Andrea Ferrante, Jeffrey Hoover, James Grant, Sheryl Henley, Anne-Leslie, Miles, and Veronica.

Cover picture was taken at Balboa Park, San Diego, California, USA. The picture is in public domain and is courtesy of PDPhoto.org.



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