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The Monk's Turned Topsy-Turvy

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By Lori Archer Sutherland

Clarinet, Woodwind Choir or Ensemble, Clarinet Choir - Advanced Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by Lori Archer Sutherland. Contemporary Classical, Repertoire, Folk, Recital. Score, Set of Parts. 50 pages. Published by Lori Archer Sutherland (S0.567669).

Item Number: S0.567669

For clarinet choir (Eb, 4 Bb, Alto, Bass, Eb Contra, Bb Contra. Alternate Bb parts included for Eb and Alto. Basset horn part included (doubles Alto)).

You may print multiple parts as needed for your ensemble.

“The Monk’s Turned Topsy-Turvy” is an original fantasy for clarinet choir, based on the old French-Canadian children’s song, “Ah! Si mon moine voulait danser! (Danse, mon moine, danse)”. The title is a play on words: “moine” means both “monk” and “spinning top” in French. The lyrics speak of persuading “mon moine” to dance by offering various articles of clothing, such as a hood or cap.

After a brief, yet bold, introduction, the piece jumps into a straightforward rendition of the tune. From there, the melody is repeated, bringing in other voices and added flourishes. While the tune starts to repeat a third time, it doesn’t get to finish its full statement. It’s interrupted by a run up through the ensemble into a rollicking 7/8 section.

With a rhythmic accompaniment underneath, the jaunty melody begins in the third clarinets. The upper instruments take over briefly in 6/8, then the tune returns to 7/8. After a quick breather, the accompaniment introduces an upward sweep motif. This alternates with the accompaniment pattern heard at the beginning of the 7/8 section.

The lower voices then take control, driving downward into a different tonality and mood. An undulating accompaniment sets a dreamlike feel, with different voices quoting fragments of the theme. The accompaniment transfers between voices throughout the section, eventually changing back into a 3/4, then a 2/4 feel, resulting in a transition back to the original feel of the piece.

The low voices get the melody, with rhythmic accompaniment and racing runs throughout the other sections. The melody goes a bit topsy-turvy before the group comes together in the descending quarter note motif from the beginning of the piece, bringing us to the coda. There’s one final quote of the opening of the main theme from the low voices, leading to a whirlwind in the first and Eb with accented notes and suspensions underneath. The Eb pipes up with one last comment and the group closes out the piece.

Also available for concert band (S0.708971)

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  • October 31, 2019 Great Original Composition

    "The Monk" is a wonderful original composition for full clarinet choir. There's some tricky counting in there, but it was worth every minute of rehearsal time to pull it together. We had a great time performing it! Looking forward to your next one.

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