Don Sweete was born in Bowmanville , Ontario, Canada and now resides in Oxford County, Ontario, Canada. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario, where he studied Trombone as well as Composition, he performed extensively, as both a free-lance musician and a regular player, with many ensembles including the Victoria Symphony Orchestra, the National Ballet, the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Mainly Mozart Orchestra, Orchestra London Canada, Ice Capades, the Royal Alexandra Theatre, as well as a wide variety of chamber groups, theatres and shows. For the past thirty years he has been a member of the orchestra, as well as actively involved in music preparation, at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival (Canada). His compositions and arrangements have been widely performed.
“I have always been
fascinated by mirrors. When I was a young boy, I used to imagine that
there was a unique and separate world on the other side of every mirror,
a sort-of parallel universe to our own. Imagine what people in that
world must think of us, since the only time we stop by is to admire
ourselves! These mirror-thoughts have taken me, often, to the fable of
Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs and from thence to these THREE SONGS
for Clarinet & Piano.
The THREE SONGS were inspired by the fable and, in no particular order, illustrate three vignettes from the story. In the first, A Walk In The Woods, we see our heroine walking in the forest on a beautiful, sunny day. She is happy but she does have concerns, especially since the opinions of the magic mirror have caused no end of tension between herself and the wicked, jealous Queen. The second song, Bleak House, is a picture of her sad, lonely life. The third song, The Grumpy-man, refers to one of the Seven Dwarfs, Grumpy by name. He is a hard working, good-hearted fellow but he is by nature, well, ..... Grumpy!”
Don Sweete, 2010
Clarinet Solo with Piano accompaniment - $19.95 - includes:
Solo Bb Clarinet - 9”X12” - 8 pages
Piano Accompaniment Part - 9”X12” - 12 pages
- 3 standard Audio tracks (6:49)
Clarinet - full left; Piano - full right
“A Walk in the Woods” - 3/8, in one (dotted quarter = 76);
“Bleak House” - Slowly, 4/4 (quarter = 60);
“The Grumpy Man” - 7/8, 5/8, 6/8 (quarter = 126/eighth = 252).
also 4 smp files