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Sacrifice

for solo bass clarinet

Stephen Cronin

Performance Indications
Q = tongue slap
W U U = short, medium, long pause
All mordents are to the semitone above.

Sacrifice for solo bass clarinet is based on a seven-note connecting fragment


which heralds the beginning of the Danse Sacrale in Stravinsky's Le Sacre du
Printemps. Written in 1996 for bass clarinettist Henri Bok, the piece is based
on permutating pitch and rhythmic fragments developed from the Stravinsky
quote. Rapid changes of articulation and dynamics, the inclusion of violent
timbres like slap tongue and the frequent and irregular rhythmic changes
emulate the energy of Stravinsky's original masterpiece.

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to Henri Bok

Sacrifice
Stephen Cronin
Fast

QU
&
r r
r
r
. # . # n b . b .
. . # . n . # n .
. . .
. . # . n .

p
f
f
Q
Q

&
r r
r
r r
n . n .
. # . # # n . # . n
b . . # n
. .
. . . . . #

&
r r
r
. # .
. . . b . . # n
b . . # n
. .
. . .

f
f
Q
Q
&
r
r
r r r
. # . #
. # . n . n # n
. # . b # n
.
.
. . . .


Q
&
r
r r
. # . # n
. . b . . # .
. . . . # .
#

&

b . b .
f

r
r
r
n . n . #
. # . # # n
. # . n .
. .
. . . .
Stephen Cronin, 1996

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Q
&

&

r
r r r
r
. # . n .
b . . # n
. # . # n
. . . . . # n
. . .

f
r
b . b .
n .
. . # . n .
Q

r
r
. # . # #
. # . n . n
. .
.

.
Q

& r
r
r r
. # .
. . b . . # . n .
# b . . # .
. .

f
f

r
b . b .
. . # .
Q

r
r
r
r r
n . . # b
. # . # # n
. # . n .
. # . n . # n
. . . .
. . . .
.

&
r
r r
r
. b . # n . # . # n
b . b .
n . n .
. # . # #
. . .
. . . . # . #
. .

f
f
Q Q
W
&
r
r
r r r
r
. # . n . . # . n .
b . . # n
. # . # n
. . .
. . . . . # n
. . .

f
&

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& j # n
r r r j . # n
r r r r
# m- . . . # . n . .
m- . . . # . # .

P
f P
f

Q
Q
Q
Q
Q
Q
& j # # r r b j . # n r r r r j r r
- .
m- . . . .

m- . . #
m
#

P f P
f
Pf
Q
Q
Q
Q
QW
& j . # n # r n r r r j #
r r r
b m- . . . # . n . # . #
m- . . . b
#

P
f
f
P

r
r
n . . .
. .
.

#
# # .
n # # # .
f p
f
f
p
p
W
&
r
r b
r n r r
. .
..
...
..
# . . . .

.
n #
n # .
# .
n .
f p
f p
f p f p
f p
Q Q Q
Q Q
.. .

r
r

# . n . # . # r r
& # . # . # . # . n . r r r
#
.

#
#

f
p
p
f

&
. . .

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Q
Q
r
& # # # . n . r r r # b . . . # . r r

n
#

p
f
f p
Q
Q
Q
Q
QW
r
r
n . # n r r . . r
b . b . r r
&
.
.
.
.
..
# #
# #

#
n #


f p

f
p
Q

r r
& j . # # r r r b # j

m- . . . . . . #
m- # . # . . # . . . . . . # n



p Fp
Fp
Q Q Q
Q Q

r
r r # # # n
& # b # n j .# r r r# r j
m- . #
m- # . # . # . . . # . . #

p
p
Fp F p
Q Q
Q
Q Q

j
j
r r r #n
r r
& .
#
m- . . . # . . . # . . . # #
m- . # . . . #


p

Fp
Fp
Q Q Q
r

j
# b
b . # n
& # n # . # n r r r
. . # . n . R
-m . . . . . . . #
. # . n .

p Fp
f p
f
p

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. r # # # # # # n

& # n # # # n #
.
.
. # . n . #
. . b . # . n . n
. .
.
f
p
f p f
p
# n

& # n #
# . . # n
. . # . n . . .
. . . .
f
f
p
p
.
& b b . # n n # b n # n # n # # . # . n . # #
. .
. . . .
. .
f

f
Q

W
#

r
# .
& # n # # #
.
. . b . . # . n .

f p
f
p

& # . #

. . # . . # . n . # n n . n . . # . . . . . . . . . .
F p
F
p

# n . . . # . n . . # b . n . b . b . . # # n n # # n . # . b . n . # . n . n
..
.
.
.
F
p
F p
F
p

& #

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. . . . .

r # n
# . . .

.
# n . # . .

. .

F
p
. .W

b . . .
& #

# n n . . # b n . b . b . . # n n . . # . .
. . .
.
F
p F p
f
F
p
> # > #
> # n # n > >
>
# n # #
# n

&
. # .
# .
. .

&
# . . .

# . . . . .
F

> # # n > n # >


# #

p
>

&
r

.
.
.
.
.
R

.
.
.
.

..
# n #
# .
.
f
p

>
>
#

.
.
#

& # # . . # . . . # . . R # # # r # # . . R n #
r

. . .
n . . . . . . .
# n .
P
f
P
f
>
#
. . . n . . . R
n

& n . . . .
r
# n .
P

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>
# #
n
R

&

>
>
# #
# #
U
U
n n
# n
R
R
.

w
r
r #w
r
r

.
b # n
#
.
R
.
.
Fp
P
U
U

& #
r
r
n
w
. . . # . . # . . . n . . # # n
b # n
# .
R
# n .
R
P
F

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