Fin de la Tierra: Land’s End Concerto for Clarinet in B-Flat and Piano

$35.00

In this 19-minute concerto for Clarinet in B-flat with Piano (version with chamber orchestra available), the diverse ecosystem of the Sea of Cortez and surrounding area is explored. The clarinet soloist serves as a guide, taking us on a journey through this UNESCO World Heritage site to observe the beauty and diversity of the landscape, the water, the animals that live in and around it, and their symbiotic relationship that requires a delicate balance of conservation and exploration.

 

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Fin de la Tierra: Land’s End
for Clarinet and Piano

 

 

This is a single-movement work with sections:

1. Where the Pacific Ocean Meets the Sea of Cortez

2. Rock Sentries

3. The World’s Aquarium

Duration approximately 19:00

 

Program Note

At the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula, in the state of Baja California Sur in Mexico is the famous “El Arco” (the Arch). The granite rock formations not only mark the most southwestern point of Baja, California, but also serve as a separation between the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) known as “Fin de la Tierra” or Land’s End. A study in contrast, this area from El Arco and continuing around the eastern side of Baja into Cabo Pulmo National Park encompasses what Jacques Cousteau once called “the world’s aquarium”.

In this 18-minute concerto for Clarinet in B-flat and Piano (version with Chamber Orchestra available HERE), the diverse ecosystem of this area is explored. The clarinet soloist serves as a guide, taking us on a journey through this UNESCO World Heritage site to observe the beauty and diversity of the landscape, the water, the animals that live in and around it, and their symbiotic relationship that requires a delicate balance of conservation and exploration. The piano and the clarinet soloist provide that symbiotic relationship as the ensemble becomes the water, the rock sentries at Land’s End, and the many colors of the sea, underwater life, and wind and waves that make up the beauty of this seascape.

Seahorse

Goatfish

Trumpetfish

Long-Spine Porcupinefish

The clarinet gives us a view from above and below the water, sometimes with a bird’s eye view of the rock formations, then dipping below the surface of the Sea to follow the many colorful fish that make this area their home. Some that appear in this work include Sea Horses, a school of Goat Fish, Trumpetfish, and Long-Spined Porcupinefish.  A special part of this concerto is a solo by the clarinet as it tells the story of the Munk’s Devil Ray, or Mobula Ray. Tens of thousands of these rays gather here in April-June, breaching the water like popcorn and making a spectacular show unique to this area. This solo is expanded beyond the concerto version and is available as Mobula Ray).

Mobula Rays

Beyond the exploration of this beautiful area through the colors of the clarinet and orchestra, this work hopes to bring attention to the importance of conservation of such places in the world that we all may continue to enjoy and protect these areas for generations to come.


Fin de la Tierra: Land’s End for Clarinet and Piano is the reduction of Fin de la Tierra: Land’s End – Concerto for Clarinet in B-flat with Chamber Orchestra. The orchestra and piano version was commissioned by lead commissioner Jeremy Reynolds. The Commissioning Consortium Members helped to support the creation of the Clarinet and Piano version as well as Mobula Ray for solo B-flat Clarinet that expands on the Clarinet Cadenza from both the orchestral and piano versions.

I am grateful to Jeremy and the members of the Commissioning Consortium who helped make this piece possible.

 

Lead Commissioner

Jeremy Reynolds with additional support from the University of Denver

Commissioning Consortium Members

·        Kwami R. Barnett

·        Pamela Diaz

·        Fontana Chamber Arts

·        Jackie Glazier

·        Josh Goo

·        Laura Grantier

·        Julianne Kirk Doyle

·        James Logan with support from the University of Texas at El Paso

·        Joanna McCoskey Wiltshire

·        Jeffrey O’Flynn

·        Carrie RavenStem

·        Aileen Razey

·        Roddy Terrell

 

Additional information

Type of Product

Score and Part Hard Copies, Score and Part PDF