Performed By: Robert Spring and Jana Starling, clarinets

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

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
Cadence III
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.