Cavatina and Cabaletta


Clarinet and piano–8′

A lyrical and playful slow-fast piece appropriate for a college clarinet recital or high school contest.

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Cavatina and Cabaletta

B-flat Clarinet, piano
Duration: 8′
Premiere–Lydia Sadoff, DET, Minneapolis, 2018.

Program note

The cavatina and cabaletta format originated in the bel canto era as a showpiece for virtuosi. A short and lyrical arietta was followed by a quick section with fioratura, designed to show off the performer. I met Lydia Sadoff when she was a member of the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphony, and her playing always impressed me with its style and fluency. I was delighted when her parents Dan Sadoff and Cynthia Gillette commissioned a work for her senior recital at the University of Minnesota.

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Weight .5 oz


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