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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDD22027
Recording details: February 1989
St George's, Brandon Hill, United Kingdom
Produced by Alun Francis
Engineered by Bob Auger & Stuart Smith
Release date: January 1989
Total duration: 4 minutes 30 seconds

'Music, its performance, and its recording, of the highest class' (Gramophone)

'This set should be on the shelf of every teacher and serious student of the clarinet' (American Record Guide)

'The recording is outstandingly truthful. A splendid record' (The Monthly Guide to Recorded Music)

'I don't think I have ever heard a more convincing recorded account of the instrument so superbly played here by Thea King' (Hi-Fi for Pleasure)

Four Short Pieces, Op 6

Scherzo  [0'35]
Pastoral  [1'52]

Howard Ferguson (born Belfast, 1908) studied at the Royal College of Music with R O Morris. His published compositions include orchestral, choral, vocal and instrumental works; but since 1960, when he found he had nothing more to say, he devoted himself to musicology, including editing the keyboard works of Purcell, Croft, Dagincour, Schubert and others.

The Four Short Pieces were completed in 1936 from sketches begun four years earlier. They were first performed by Pauline Juler and the composer at Wigmore Hall on 12 October 1937. Though so short—an irreverent friend referred to them as ‘The Four Whitebait’—they are sharply contrasted in mood, and each one is written in a different ‘mode’ (the equivalent of white-note scales on the piano) beginning on the following notes: No 1, A; No 2, E; No 3, D; No 4, F.

from notes by Howard Ferguson and Robert Matthew-Walker 1997

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