Thursday, February 21, 2019
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The Southern Cross

composer: Clarke, Herbert L. Clarke (1867-1945)
title: The Southern Cross
publisher: Witmaker & Sons
level: High School Advanced
range: d’’’
description: The Southern Cross is one of only a few Clarke cornet-style solos not requiring multiple tonguing, therefore making it more accessible to the High School student. While the cadenzas take the range up to e-flat’’’, the soloist may easily edit out that part at will; the d’’’ in one of the later melodic sections could be edited around as well. As are all of the Clarke solos, Southern Cross is very dramatic, very rubato, and require much technique and a knowledge of the “proper” style. It is well worth the work!
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