Vaclav Nelhybel composed the Concerto for Clarinet in a version with band accompaniment and conducted the premiere in November of 1982 at the 47th Annual Conference of the New York State School Music Association. Harold Easley was the soloist with the West Point Military Academy Concert Band. The orchestral version was completed at a later date, with no specific performance planned. The orchestral version was premiered in March 2020, by soloist Dr. Elizabeth Gunlogson, with the University of New Hampshire Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Dr. David Upham.
According to the composer’s widow, Dorothea Nelhybel, “…the work was written or begun in 1981, during the illness of our good friend Frank Stachow, to whose memory it is dedicated.” Mr. Stachow was the clarinetist and former chairman of the woodwind department at Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pennsylvania.
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