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Spirit

for solo Bb Clarinet

By Shulamit Ran

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Woodwinds Clarinet in B-Flat, piano
For solo Bb Clarinet. Composed by Shulamit Ran (1949-). Solo part. With Standard notation. 8 pages. Duration 0:07:00. Theodore Presser Company #114-41920. Published by Theodore Presser Company (PR.114419200).

Item Number: PR.114419200

ISBN 9781491114223. 9 x 12 inches.

Spirit was composed in memory of the renowned clarinetist Laura Flax. Laura commissioned Ranas first solo clarinet work, For an Actor: Monologue for Clarinet, to premiere with the Da Capo Chamber Players in 1978. Ran returned to the clarinet in many compositions over the years, sometimes as a lead instrument and at other times as an important voice, yet always inspired by Lauraas rich sound, blazing technique, and the abrain and gutsa that she brought to her playing. As a memorial, Spirit is not about absence, but rather a celebration displaying a wide range of emotions, with at least a tiny glimpse of Lauraas brilliant spirit and spiritedness. Only in the workas final stretch does the sense of parting and loss take over.
SPIRIT was composed in memory of Laura Flax (1952-2017), the renowned New York-based clarinetist and my cherished friend. Our musical and personal association began in 1977 when Laura invited me to compose a solo clarinet work, For an Actor: Monologue for Clarinet, in memory of her mother, Hazel Flax, whom I had known. After composing For an Actor for Laura I came back to the clarinet in many of my compositions over the years, sometimes as a lead instrument and at other times as an important voice. In all of my clarinet music Laura is present. The rich sound, blazing technique, the abrain and gutsa that she brought to her playing, and her remarkable person, have inspired me in so many ways during the four decades of our friendship, and beyond. I did not want Spirit to be about absence, though. I wanted the piece to exhibit a wider range of emotions, as well as capture at least a tiny glimpse of Lauraas brilliant spirit and spiritedness. Only in the workas final stretch does the sense of aparting,a and of loss, take over. Upon completing Spirit on October 21, 2017 I found myself compelled to add at the bottom of the score the words aTo Laura, always in my heart,a as though in an effort to reach out, for a brief moment, and touch the unreachable. aShulamit Ran.

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