Works Solo Instrument(s) & Orchestra Prelude, Fugue and Riffs (1949)
Originally written for Woody Hermann, this triptych for solo clarinet and jazz ensemble was dedicated to Benny Goodman and first performed by Al Gallodoro in 1955. The score reflects Bernstein's unique ability to embrace a style and make it his own. The three movements all share the exuberance and tradition of the big band.
Throughout the Leonard Bernstein Centennial, Prelude, Fugue, & Riffs received nearly 100 performances by 46 ensembles in 11 countries across Asia, Europe, and North America, and in 18 states. Set to the irresistibly jazzy score, the New York City Ballet premiered Justin Peck’s Easy to celebrate the centennial.
*Music by Leonard Bernstein. ©1950, renewed
Richard Stoltzman, clarinet, London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Lawrence Leighton-Smith.
℗1992 BMG Music. 09026-61360. "The Essential Clarinet".
Leonard Bernstein, Benny Goodman, and Max Hollander, Carnegie Hall, New York, between 1946 and 1948