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Fantasia on the Stars of Night (2010) Grade 2+

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This piece was originally conceived for two middle school clarinetists and their teacher to play together. It is based on a piece of Gregorian chant still used in the Catholic Mass today known as "Creator of the Stars of Night". It is a melody that haunted me for a long time after hearing it sung in the Mass. The melody is featured prominently at the beginning, with each clarinetist getting a chance to play it. The piece changes to an allegro tempo and then develops the original melody. All performers must be independent rhythmically and able to play sixteenth tetrachord patterns in concert Bb Major and short melodic figures in concert G Major. This piece was featured on TJW Podcast Episode 2 .

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