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Nota Bene! - A Kleptomaniac Carousel

Duo for clarinets, or saxophones.
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Item no.: 0007DU
Composer: Dolf de Kinkelder
Grade: 5
Duration: 14:30
Publisher: Tierolff
Size: A4 21x29,7cm


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Quarrel | Blues | Gypsy | Bagpipe | Waltz | Circus. Written for the saxophone duo 'Het Noota Saxofoon Duo': Marijke Schröer & Davíd Cristóbal Litago.
Player I always reads the upper staff, so also when his/her instrument in a specific piece is the lowest. All 6 pieces are glued together with transitions, to be played by the player who is not changing his/her instrument. Each transition begins after the final barline and ends with a solid barline, after which the next piece is played immediately (attaca). Every transition contains an "optional Fermata" (opt.*), to be played only when the instrument-changing player needs more time for the change. If pieces are played separately, or just a selection of pieces are played, or pieces are played in another order, you may leave out the transitions of Gypsy and Bagpipe. Score & Parts do not provide for page-turns. The players will read from an ipad with foot switch to turn pages.

Review "De Klarinet" (Dutch trade magazine, founded 1998) of May/June 2023.

Instrumentation: 2 bass, b-flat and e-flat clarinets / level: D publisher: Tierolff Muziekcentrale.

Yes, you may bring some “things” right away if you want to play this piece: a nice level D technique, a bass, b-flat and for one of the players even an e-flat clarinet. This suite of 6 character pieces is great for a demonstration of various clarinets in various settings. "Nota bene!" (subtitle: "A Kleptomaniac Carousel"): when you open the book you see it immediately, because on almost every note there are one or more playing instructions. Dolf de Kinkelder is clearly a meticulous and precise composer, for I have been able to catch him and the publisher Tierolff at zero mistakes. The composer's directions enhance the character of the music, but leave more than enough interpretation to the players. The genre pieces are malleable and invite distinct styles. Things get really fun when the characters are put on nice and bold. A super find, for example, is the use of the "bagpipe" for clarinet 2, which just needs a fresh cold and thus slightly too low clarinet for true folk music intonation. Nota bene! is not only fun to practice, but also very nice to listen to. With all that variety of styles and instrumentation, but especially with Dolf's fantastically skillful notes, it doesn't get boring any time soon. What an introduction! Moving on to the pieces, new clarinet music appears regularly. This section highlights sheet music that the Clarinet receives for review. With all music (books) discussed, the level is mentioned. This runs from A (beginner) to D+ (very advanced player or professional clarinetist). Now to the pieces separately. Nota bene! opens with two good, friendly bass clarinet friends getting into a fight. Dolf musically explains what you need to do to reconcile the "Quarrel." Blues has a solo for bass clarinet to feast on. As is typical of this composer, voice 2 now gets its turn. In "Gypsy," it's freedom - joy. Voice 1 gets into this part with a beautiful melody that reminds me of Martinů. Nice slow whine, but.... immediately afterwards comes a csardas with tempo "152 or faster"! Calm returns with a "Bagpipe" from the high Northwest. What a "bagpipe" can do, two clarinets can do better, right? What a beautiful, lovely "Waltz" that is. I won't be surprised if this waltz will be used in many a teaching situation. We start swaying and swaying, more and more, until we arrive at the Circus. The e-flat clarinet provides a hilarious final section. There is bubbling over each other, laughing and crying, in short, you can see it happening. Finally, a comment from Dolf de Kinkelder: "I sincerely hope that the players enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it. It is outrageously difficult though. Don't let it put you off: feel free to take much lower tempi, or feel free to play a passage an octave lower."

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