The first bass clarinet quartet (Edmund Welles) composition ever, this solo rendition has co-existed in a parallel universe all this time, with a new complete notation created in 2022 for Stephan Vermeersch’s performance at the ICA Low Clarinet Festival.
In a Crowded Comb – solo bass clarinet rendition
Played at Ole Miss in 2014 by Cornelius Boots and re-ignited as an official solo repertoire piece January 5, 2023 by Stephan Vermeersch in Glendale, AZ. This is a classic piece in the chromatic-blues-bass-line riff style of early CB writings, in league with other period tunes such as Hazelnut, Quarkkase Quartet and Quince’s theme. It became movement one of the first of many multi-movement bass clarinet quartet suites, in this case, An Apicultural Excursion.
This is a fun piece to practice, great for clarinet recitals and a great audio track to listen to when you are not playing the piece! It features and exploits: aggressive and difficult rock riffs, quarter-tone gestures and sincere melodic moments.
Purchase sheet music – $35. PDFs emailed to you, includes score and parts.
Commissioned by Tasha Warren-Yehuda and Dave Eggar through Michigan State University’s HARP Grant.
Premiered April 1, 2022 at 8:00 pm, Michigan State University, Artist-Faculty Recital, released on the album Ourself Behind Ourself, Concealed in 2022. Subsequent performances seasonally throughout the U.S. and beyond.
Music Video/short film created by Tasha’s son Paul Dzubay featuring artwork of Tasha’s dad Russ Warren:
Five movements for duet: flute and Bb/bass clarinet.
1-According to its stories, the wheat began in darkness
8-Human eyes are not still enough to see the eyes of the wheat
12-Wheat comes from white, named for the color of the wheat’s edible bones
13-The wheat’s name for you is secret
16-Much is not passed down because the wheat’s way of praying is to try to forget
Commissioned by Central Michigan University’s Crescent Duo in collaboration with poet Jeffrey Bean.
Premiered at Central Michigan University in 2015. Subsequent performances in the Midwest, including at the National Flute Convention 2017 in Minneapolis.
Featured on the album Poet as Muse released late 2017 on Centaur Records.
Published by Potenza Music or available directly from the composer.
written for the Cornelius Boots Trio, active in the summer of 1996 in Bloomington, Indiana.
Cornelius Boots: bass clarinet, composing and arranging
Spayne (Steve Payne): bass clarinet
Tarquin O. Biscuitbarrel (Kevin Leahy): drums