Clarinet Quintet – It Came Upon the Midnight Clear
A new setting of this carol for clarinet quintet (Eb, 3xBb, Bass).
After a short introduction, we hear a fairly normal rendition of the tune with standard harmony. The second verse has the addition of fanfare-like motifs in the top two parts which add some sparkle to the tune. The intention is merely to heighten the feeling of ‘announcement’ which we get from the words. The melody is also much more decorated and
placed into the middle of the ensemble.
From Letter C there is an interlude of fanfares before the final verse at the grandioso. This is the loudest part of the setting and needs to sound warm, full and rich.
This setting is intended to be played by any ensemble. I have kept the range used reasonable and it does not require any special techniques.
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