New Music for Clarinets


Can’t get enough clarinet?  This New Sounds is for you.  Hear music from David Krakauer from his latest cinematic venture, “The Big Picture,” arrangements and interprtations of familiar movie soundtracks by classic film composers.  Also, listen to music by  multi-instrumentalist Doug Wieselman, (Antony and the Johnsons, Lounge Lizards, Cibo Matto) for solo clarinet and looping based on melodies heard from bodies of water. 

Plus, hear works from left-coast based Beth Custer, composer/multi-instrumentalist Don Byron, and the late New Orleans innovator Alvin Batiste.  Rounding out the show is music by leader of Gamelan Galak Tika, the composer and Bang on a Can All-stars co-founder, clarinetist Evan Ziporyn.

PROGRAM #3555–Clarinets (First aired on 1/17/2014)  





Leonard Bernstein / NY Phil

Bernstein Century:   Rhapsody in Blue / An American in Paris

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, excerpt [1:00]

Sony 63086
Available at

David Krakauer

The Big Picture

Willkommen (Cabaret) [2:51]
Si tu vois ma me (Midnight in Paris) [4:44]

Table Pounding Records

Eija Kankaanranta, kantele / Pekka Ahonen, clarinet


Juhani Nuorvala: Three Impromptus: II. Rock tempo

Inkoon Musiikki IMU-CD-075
seems to be out of print.

Another recording of the piece is on BIS records:

Beth Custer/Clarinet Thing

The Shirt I Slept In

Billabong [5:14]

BC 1

Doug Wieselman

From Water

Pacific 1 [4:53]

88 Records 002

Bang on a Can: Evan Ziporyn


Tsmindao Ghmerto [4:08]

Cantaloupe 21010

Alvin Batiste

Musique D'Afrique Nouvelle Orleans

Endochrine Song [9:48]

India Navigation #1065
Out of print, but download from  or iTunes.

Michel Portal


Mozambic, excerpt [7:00]

Harmonia Mundi 905186

Don Byron

Music for Six Musicians

The Allure of Entanglement [4:31]

Nonesuch #79354 OR