New Clarinet Music by James Grant

Earlier this spring I performed four new works for clarinet with pianist Matt Yount at Southeast Missouri Single Reed Day 2011.  Three of the new works were by James Grant. (The fourth was by Andrea Ferrante – see an upcoming blog post.)

The works are loads of fun to perform and I highly recommend them. The complete sheet music for them is available at PDF’s of the clarinet parts are at Check ’em out!

(NOTE: On the clips below, change the YouTube setting to HQ 1080p HD if possible as the hall is very live and boomy.)

Just A Thought (clarinet and piano version, 2010)

Just A Thought is the third of four recital pieces commissioned by and dedicated to 78 adventure-seeking tubists representing 30 states and three countries, who fearlessly joined the 2001 Solstice/Equinox Commissioning Consortium. As each Solstice and Equinox approached during the year 2001, a new piece was sent out to the participants. All four pieces now exist in versions scored for virtually every orchestral and band instrument and are programmed frequently at conferences and on student and faculty recitals throughout the year. Just A Thought is a gentle, lyrical ballad that, in the end, is just a thought.” James Grant

“Bittersweet” (from Chocolates)

“The language of Chocolates…is that of slow, smoky jazz. The work’s three movements are torch songs in the manner of the American ballad of the 1940s and 1950’s. Written for and dedicated to the violist…Michelle LaCourse…” FANFARE: Colin Clarke

“Dark Chocolate”
(from Truffles

“In this version for clarinet and piano [2010], commissioned by and dedicated to William Helmers, the two Truffles follow on the heels of the three Chocolates and, similarly, are jazzy torch songs in the tradition of the passionate, tuneful ballads of the American 40s and 50s. The original Truffles was commissioned and premiered in 2001 by violist Michelle LaCourse, to whom this music is dedicated.” James Grant

About ClarinetMike

American clarinetist MICHAEL DEAN performs and teaches internationally and across the USA to consistent praise such as "world-class clarinetist and pedagogue," "consummate performer," "inspirational," "outstanding teacher," "super," "brilliant performer," and "one of the best clinicians I have ever seen." His career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Eastman School of Music, and Royal Northern College of Music with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, and Texas. In July, he will return to Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at Orfeo Music Festival 2018. He is featured on 5 commercial CD's and on New Media, such as YouTube. He is currently preparing another new clarinet CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. He's performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. He performed for 11 years with the Paducah Symphony. His articles appear in journals such as Southwestern Musician, WINDPLAYER, NACWPI Journal and The Bandmasters' Review. As "ClarinetMike," he writes for his widely-read ClarinetMike Blog, in 150 countries on 6 continents. He was recently a tenured Associate Professor of Clarinet for 11 years at Southeast Missouri State University. He returned to his native Texas in 2012 due to family concerns. He is a past president and former National Board officer of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Texas at Austin and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Jess Youngblood, Bob Ackerman, and Pam Youngblood. His web page,, features video of his teaching and performing as well as information on his CD's and other publications. He is a BG France Performing Artist.
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