Arnold’s Four Scottish Dances was inspired by country folk tunes, and he utilized timbres intended to imitate bagpipes as well as Scottish reel and snap rhythms.
Crussell’s second Clarinet Concerto is probably his signature work – dramatic, rebellious and virtuosic.
Audiences universally adore the Artie Shaw concerto; he uses boogie-woogie blues, clarinet and tom-tom interludes all bookended by virtuosic cadenzas for the clarinet soloist.
The suite from the 1940 Errol Flynn adventure film, The Sea Hawk, is a masterfully executed swashbuckler of a score. It is full of leitmotiv music both heroic and romantic, and so intricately interwoven that you have to admire Korngold’s genius and craftsmanship.