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Jonathan Schwabe

Jonathan Schwabe is an American composer.
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Jonathan Clarke Schwabe is Professor of Theory and Composition at the University of Northern Iowa. His works have been widely performed in the US and in Europe. He composes works for large and chamber ensembles. As I Remember (for youth orchestra) was performed at the Kennedy Center in the summer of 1999. In 2000 and 2004, his chamber operas The Hard Years (librettist Beth Webb Hart), and The Sojourner (based on the Carson McCullers short story) were premiered at the Maude Powell Music Festival. He composed songs for the musical comedy The Bake Shop Ghost in collaboration with author Jacqueline Ogburn. In 2010 he was commissioned to write a new work for wind symphony and mixed voices to commemorate a historic visit by His Holiness, the Fourteenth Dalai Lama to the University of Northern Iowa. In July of 2012 his work A Toi Cometé Vagabonde was premiered at the World Saxophone Congress in Aberdeen, Scotland. His principal teachers include Samuel Adler, John Anthony Lennon and Dick Goodwin. His music is published by Musikverlag Bruno Uetz, Veritas Musica Publishing and Alafia Press.

Memory of a Dazzling Day

Clarinet, Orchestra


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Memory of a Dazzling Day is a fantasy for clarinet and orchestra (duration is ca. 10 minutes). I think of this work as a tonestory: a series of snapshots chronicling a day in the life of a fictional hero, an everyman portrayed by the solo clarinet. The day moves from waking, through various events we all experience; minor victories and defeats, little celebrations and sorrows, remembrances of those loved and lost. After some tumultuous moments the work closes with the final cadenza signaling the end of the day, our protagonist now ready for rest (Und Welt und Traum!) preparing for tomorrow.

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