Prelude to Richard Strauss’ epic tone poem Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life), Op. 40, arranged for four clarinets and bass clarinet. Or four bass clarinets and contrabass clarinet. Or four Eb clarinets and alto clarinet. You can hear the four bass clarinet/contrabass version at http://www.ccome.org/Ein%20Heldenleben%20Prelude.mp3
Available free of charge. If you do perform it, please let me know and/or send me a copy of the program.
This work was premiered in the Main Hall at the Eastman School of Music in January, 1979 to critical acclaim and massive applause, and afterward Eastman clarinet professor William Osseck encouraged me to publish it. The Eastman Concert Office, for some strange reason, didn’t like it and banned me from main hall concerts thereafter.
Download contains score and five parts in PDF format.