Bass Clarinet Quintet Project
In 2015, clarinetist Bruce Belton began searching for repertoire that combines bass clarinet with string quartet. The "Clarinet Quintet" has been a very popular chamber ensemble, most notably due to the contributions of Mozart and Brahms. Many later Romantic era composers (and well into the 20th and 21st centuries) wrote for this combination, yielding more than 200 works. However, there are relatively few compositions specifically for bass clarinet and string quartet. In his search, Belton was able to locate fewer than ten works for this combination.
Belton first contacted Chicago-based composer, Marc Mellits to commission a new work for this instrumentation. At about the same time, Belton and Friction Quartet serendipitously met and this collaboration was born. Belton then went on to commission five more works.
Friction and Bruce Belton will give world premiere performances the new works by Mellits and Michael Torke in these upcoming concerts.
Bruce Belton received his Master’s Degree in Music from Boston University in 1981 and lives in Redding. He is a frequent performer in chamber ensembles in Oregon, the Bay Area, and Los Angeles. Bruce also performs regularly with a violin, clarinet and piano ensemble, and occasionally with the North State Symphony and Shasta Symphony Orchestras.