A few words from Rob Keeley:
This was commissioned by John Turner for a concert to commemorate the late John McCabe in October 2016 at the University of Manchester. Based on a ‘series’ derived from the letters of the composer’s name (M=E, C, C, A, B, E), this austere and measured four-minute exploration gradually becomes warmer and more lyrical, even sumptuous, towards the end. (2018)
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June Emerson: Elegy for John McCabe (including Piano Score and Bb Clarinet Part)
Scoring: clarinet in Bb and piano
Standard: moderate to advanced
Duration: 5 minutes