Kingston Chamber Orchestra
Repertoire

KCO Concert in March 2008

SchubertOverture 'Rosamunde'
MeyersBass Clarinet Concerto (first performance) (soloist Helen Oughtibridge)
BeethovenSymphony No 5 in C minor

Meyers Bass Clarinet Concerto

This concerto was composed in the last two weeks of December 2007 and the final version of the score was completed by the end of January 2008. The concerto was composed specifically for Helen Oughtibridge as a showcase for her and the bass clarinet.

The work is in one continuous movement with a central cadenza for solo bass clarinet. Each half is divided into three sections that correspond to the traditional movements of a concerto: Opening- Serious; Slow - lyrical; Rondo - Jolly. However the sections in this piece run in the following order:

  • Con moto
  • Mysterioso
  • Ritmico
  • Cadenza
  • Ritmico
  • Mysterioso
  • Con moto

A motto theme also runs throughout the piece. It is first introduced by the flutes, oboes and clarinets after the brief exuberant opening section. It is then repeated by the bass clarinet four times in the first section with each appearance played in a different octave.

This theme appears many times throughout the work. It is often performed asa chorale for wind, brass or strings but it also permeates the music in more subtle forms.