Saturday, January 2, 2010

Molly on the Shore

Percy Grainger's "Molly on the Shore" wandered across the classical station a couple of months ago and quite charmed me (the tune did. I hadn't heard the name yet--honest!) but it has been a bit difficult to find a recording I was eager to pass along. It seems to be a very popular piece for school bands, and for clarinet quartets in particular. (There, now you have something for breaking the ice the next time you have lunch with a clarinet quartet.)

Although a full-orchestra version has its charms, there is little lacking in this rich all-clarinet rendition by students from UIUC (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?):

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