ClarinetMike World Premiere Video and Sheet Music Now Available!

Pianist Dena Kay Jones and ClarinetMike with composer Raymond Head after the World Premiere.

As previously posted, this past July I returned as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival 2018 in the beautiful Italian Alps of Vipiteno, Italy (Sterzing).

One of the works I performed at the Orfeo Music Festival was a new work, Small Voice of Calm, written for me by British Composer Raymond Head. Joining me on the World Premiere was my fabulous Orfeo colleague Dena Kay Jones on piano. Raymond Head  traveled from England to Italy for the premiere and we also had the wonderful opportunity to work with him in rehearsing his marvelous new work. A video of the premiere is below along with information on the work from the composer. There are also details on ordering the sheet music.

ClarinetMike says, “Get this wonderful work and play it!”

Small Voice of Calm for clarinet and piano by Raymond Head (b. 1948)
(World Premiere)
Michael Dean, clarinet
Dena Kay Jones, piano
Orfeo Music Festival 2018, Vigil Raber Saal
Vipiteno, Italy (Sterzing) July 9, 2018

SHEET MUSIC AVAILABLE: Go to  On this website there is a link in the upper right hand corner, “Buy.” The work costs £15 (currently $19.38 in USA Dollars). PayPal and Credit Cards accepted.


Small Voice of Calm for Clarinet and Piano
by Raymond Head
Dedicated to Michael Dean, Texas USA

“This piece was inspired by a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier, the 19th century American Quaker who became a household name in the US and the UK. Despite all the earthquakes, wind and fire of our minds, if we let it the “still small voice of calm” reappears to soothe us. Essentially this is what happens in the piece: sudden violent interjections are gradually pacified by the quiet authority of the insistent repeated melody.”

Raymond Head is the Musical Adviser to the Holst Birthplace Museum, Cheltenham UK, and a composer, teacher and Holst Scholar.   He was one of the featured commentators in a recent Tony Palmer film Gustav Holst – In the Bleak Midwinter which was shown on the BBC.

For more than 30 years Raymond has lived in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, UK and is a composer and a teacher of piano and singing. He was trained at Dartington College of Arts, UK where he encountered Indian music for the first time.

He was an early follower of Stockhausen but in the end rejected him in favour of writing music that was modern yet communicative. He believes music should be capable of the widest range of expression from angst to lyricism and even humour.

CD’s of his music are on the Prima Facie ASC label. A string orchestral piece is to be recorded in the Ukraine in August for the Toccata Classics label and a wind quintet Toda Cambia is to be premiered in Wales later this year. His music is published by Sky Dance Press, UK. His professional website is

About ClarinetMike

American Clarinetist Michael Dean “ClarinetMike” 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.” Dr. Dean’s career is headlined by appearances at Carnegie Hall, ClarinetFest, NACWPI, Royal Northern College of Music, and Eastman School of Music, with recent recitals and master classes in Italy, Spain, Canada, Michigan, Ohio, Kansas, Iowa, Louisiana, and Texas. He recently returned for a fourth summer to the beautiful Italian Alps of Vipiteno, Italy as Clarinet Artist Faculty in Residence at the international Orfeo Music Festival. He is featured on 6 commercial CD’s including his soon-to-be-released new CD, Postcards from Silver Lake. He is also prominent on New Media, such as YouTube. He was clarinetist with the Paducah Symphony Orchestra for 11 years and he’s also performed with the Southwest Symphony, Nevada Symphony, Abilene Philharmonic, Southeast Chamber Players, Red Mesa Trio, and Duo 35. He has given more than 500 master classes, clinics and performances at universities, conservatories, conferences, festivals, high schools, junior high schools, and a diverse array of venues. As “ClarinetMike,” he writes for his noted and widely-read ClarinetMike Blog – viewed in 150 countries on 6 continents, His blog is the #1 clarinet blog on the Internet according to Google Search and a recent ranking on Feedspot. His articles also appear in professional journals such as the Southwestern Musician, The Bandmasters’ Review, WINDPLAYER, and NACWPI Journal. He is a past president and former officer on the National Board of the National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors (NACWPI). After a successful 20 years of teaching clarinet at the university level, he relocated to his native Texas due to family concerns. He is currently an active clarinet and woodwind performer, teacher, clinician, blogger, and consultant based in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Michael Dean studied clarinet performance at Texas Tech University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Colorado at Boulder, and University of Texas at Arlington. His teachers include Robert Walzel, Phil Aaholm, Carol Jessup, Bob Ackerman, and Jess Youngblood. He is a BG France Performing Artist and his professional website is Mike and his family live in Hurst, Texas. His family’s new Golden Retriever, Nimbus, is a relative of Andy.
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3 Responses to ClarinetMike World Premiere Video and Sheet Music Now Available!

  1. says:

    sounds just great. Total control. and great high notes . thx for sharing. Just beautiful .

  2. Pingback: 5 Brilliant New Clarinet Works to Check Out! | ClarinetMike Blog

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