Commissioned by the clarinet students of Dr. Alan Woy, as a gift upon his retirement from The Crane School of Music
Premiered by Dr. Michelle Shoemaker and Dr. Linda Cionitti in the Sara M. Snell Music Theatre, State University of New York, Potsdam, New York, on 15 May 2004.
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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:
Cadence to coast
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.
m. 163, clarinet 2: the whole measure should be Ab
m. 176, clarinet 2: first note of sixteenth notes should be C-nat.