YELLOW JERSEY



Performed By: Robert Spring and Jana Starling, clarinets

Instrumentation:
2 clarinets

Duration: 8 minutes

Commissioned By:
The clarinet students of Dr. Alan Woy, as a gift upon his retirement from The Crane School of Music

Premiere:
May 15, 2004 by Dr. Michelle Shoemaker and Dr. Linda Cionitti, clarinets, in the Sara M. Snell Music Theatre, State University of New York, Potsdam, NY

Available From:
Oxford University Press, distributed by Goodmusic Publishing

Composer's Notes:
Composed during the year between Lance Armstrong's fifth and sixth victories in the Tour de France, Yellow Jersey is a short wind sprint for two clarinets. I invented the form of the piece by imagining how the sprint might go:
 
Massed Start
Cadence I
Breakaway I
Cadence II
Breakaway II
Cadence to coast
Coast
Cadence III
Bonk
 
Glossary
Bonk: To exercise to the point of depletion of the body's energy stores, leaving one extremely weak and giddy.
Breakaway: Suddenly riding away from a pack of racers, quickly enough that opponents cannot keep close enough to draft (i.e. riding close to another rider in order to avoid wind resistance).
Cadence: A pedaling rate, measured in revolutions per minute.
Coast: To ride without pedaling.
Massed-Start: A race in which competitors start at the time (as opposed to a time trial).
Yellow Jersey: The jersey worn by the current overall leader during the Tour de France.
 
— Libby Larsen

Score Errata:
m. 163, clarinet 2: the whole measure should be Ab
m. 176, clarinet 2: first note of sixteenth notes should be C-nat.