Nocturne for Clarinet and String Orchestra

Nocturne for Clarinet and String Orchestra

Versions:

  • Clarinet and String Orchestra (1999)
  • Clarinet and Piano (2004)

Works

Technical Information

Duration – 7:50 

A) Nocturne for Clarinet and String Orchestra (1998) – 7:50

B) Clarinet and Piano (2004) (piano part by Chris Meyer and Ronald Royer)

Program Notes

The Nocturne for clarinet and string orchestra is not based on an original Chopin composition, but is instead inspired by Chopin’s music aesthetic and works as a whole.  The introduction of the Nocturne, beginning on the note “E”, gradually thickens harmonically, using suspensions, while the clarinet introduces a motive that evolves into the first theme.  The second theme is started in the lower register of the clarinet and then developed.  At the end, a short clarinet cadenza brings back material from the first theme.

Commissioning

In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin, for Clarinet, Cello and String Orchestra, Fantaisie-Impromptu, for Flute and String Orchestra , Nocturne, for Clarinet and String Orchestra  (1999); Polish Canadian Society of Music and Toronto Sinfonietta, commissioners; grants by Laidlaw Foundation and the City of Toronto Millennium Grants Programme.

The Nocturne was recorded for the Romancing Chopin album

Recordings:

Kaye Royer, Clarinetist
The solo clarinet part was written for the composer’s wife, Kaye Royer

Reviews:

“Conductor Matthew Jaskiewicz conducts the Toronto Sinfonietta in Romancing Chopin, an ambitious album that brings together several exceptional soloists and a pair of Canadian composers in a tribute to Chopin’s continuing legacy. Ronald Royer, composer in residence with the ensemble, contributes three substantial works of his own as well as several arrangements of Chopin’s chamber works…quite a fascinating release.” - WholeNote Magazine, Daniel Foley – Feb 1-Mar.7, 2002 Read More Read More
“Under [guest conductor Michel] Brousseau’s commanding direction both [clarinetist Simon] Cole and [flutist Don] Bond brought to the audience a most amazing tribute to Fryderyk Chopin, composed by Canadian Ronald Royer. With Brousseau evoking the most subtle, sweetest melody, the [Prince George Symphony] orchestra was completely in tune, on time and a new modern treasure was introduced to Prince George audiences.” -The Free Press Read More Read More