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Composer:Ridout, Alan (1934-1996)
Instrumentation:cl. pft.
Publisher Ref:E87
Written in the conventional 3 movement format, quick - slow - quick, this 'little concerto' was perhaps dedicated to a promising student of the composer's.

Price: £7.50
Skill Level:C
Publisher:Emerson Edition Ltd
Year of Issue:1978
ISBN:none specified
"....I had known exactly what I wanted to do from early childhood: write music." says Alan Ridout in his autobiography "A Composer's Life". Although he didn't begin to learn the piano until he was nine, Ridout gained a distinction at Grade Eight three years later by which time he had already written over one hundred works. He left school at fifteen to spend two years at the Guildhall School of Music before moving to The Royal College of Music where he studied first with Gordon Jacob and then Herbert Howells. A good number of his compositions were performed during this period at concerts of the Society for the Promotion of New Music. Ridout's first job was to take charge of music teaching in a Kentish preparatory school but his own music studies continued and branched out into electronic and microtonal techniques with Henk Badings in the Netherlands. Returning to the UK, he launched himself into the study of early music with Thurston Dart at Cambridge University and by 1964, Ridout was himself teaching at Cambridge and London Universities whilst holding the professorship of theory and composition at the Royal College of Music. Working at this intensity left little time to write and, after a heart attack in 1990, he gave up teaching to devote his time to composition.

Alan Ridout's output is vast - over 800 original works and arrangements listed in 'The Complete Catalogue' (Emerson Edition 289). It includes fifteen operas, six ballets, eight symphonies, concertante works and chamber music, instrumental works and a great deal of church music. Most have been performed but probably less than a quarter published, the majority by Emerson Edition. The Emerson list includes eleven of the twelve concertinos written between 1973 and 1995 for solo wind and brass instruments "..... for a young player generally of student age." (to quote the composer).

The Concertino for Clarinet & Strings dates from July 1976 and was published two years later. Metronome timings instead of tempi are marked at the start of each of the three movements. The first is a sprightly dance in 4/4 which gives way to a few bars of lyricism before the dancing opening material returns. The second movement, at less than half the speed of the first, is in a reflective 3/4 and the finale uses 5/8 and 6/8 rhythms to propel a folksong like tune which reappears in rondo form.

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