Licorice Stick

The term "licorice stick" is an American slang term
for the clarinet developed during the heydey
of big band clarinet playing in the 1930's.
Performer: Katarina Strom-Harg, piano;
Stefan Harg, clarinet; Kathleen Roland, soprano;
Asa Johannon, violin

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Licorice Stick


Track listing:
1. Licorice Stick (clarinet & piano)
2. Song without words (clarinet & piano)
3. Mephisto Rag (piano)

Dancing Solo (clarinet)
4. with shadows
5. eight to the bar
6. in ten slow circles
7. flat out

Songs from Letters; Calamity Jane to her daughter Janey (soprano & piano)
8. So like your father's
9. He never misses
10. A man can love two women
11. A working woman
12. All I have
13. Slang (for violin, clarinet & piano)
From the liner notes (abbreviated):
Licorice Stick
The term “licorice stick” is an American slang term for the clarinet developed during the heyday of big band clarinet playing in the 1930’s. “Licorice Stick” relies heavily on musical imagery of the big-band and boogie era. Throughout the piece, the clarinet rides on top of the piano textures, breaking free from time to time for solo passages.

Song Without Words
Song Without Words was composed as a musical epitaph for Richard Lamberton, a beloved friend and gentle, deeply kind man who loved music and had a particular love for the clarinet....Richard loved music for its quiet strength and depth. I hope to capture that same quiet strength and depth in Song Without Words.

Mephisto Rag
Mephisto Rag is a ragtime fantasy grand piano showpiece, consisting of three sections: a fantasy on themes from Liszt’s “Mephisto Waltz,” followed by a challenging game of concentration and agility. The third section is a presto finale combining themes from the first two sections in virtuosic sweeps of the keyboard.

Dancing Solo
Dancing alone -- improvising with the shadows, the air, on an inner beat, upon a fleeting feeling -- has always enthralled me. With Dancing Solo, I am making a dance for clarinet, a dance composed of color, rhythm, beat implied and explicit, and breath: the music is the dance and the dance is the music.

Songs from Letters - Calamity Jane to her daughter Janey
Calamity Jane sent Janey, her daughter by Wild Bill Hickock, to live with her friend Jim O'Neil. She paid for child support by working as a gambler, trick shooter, cowhand, barmaid, stagecoach driver and prostitute. She chooses rough-tough words to describe her life as she struggled to explain herself honestly to her daughter, Janey.

A one movement work in three sections for clarinet, violin, and piano. The title refers to the use of both jazz and boogie slang and twentieth-century 'new music' slang throughout the composition.