Tributes (clarinet and piano)

Programme Note

I completed Tributes in the summer of 2010, having started the first of the set some twenty years earlier. In 2008 I revised and lengthened the first piece and decided to add some more. In this final version there are five pieces in all, each dedicated to a different composer, and to a different clarinettist with whom I have had ongoing musical relationships. Each of the dedicatee composers wrote memorably for the instrument and as a tribute to them I have tried to invade their stylistic worlds in these pieces:

1. to Francis Poulenc (for Emma Johnson)
2. to Gerald Finzi (for John Bradbury)
3. to Igor Stravinsky (for Linda Merrick)
4. to Olivier Messiaen (for Nicholas Cox)
5. to Béla Bartók (for Michael Collins)

Ideally, the pieces should be performed as a complete set, but it is also acceptable for individual pieces to be performed separately (eg as an encore piece, or as part of a themed recital).

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Audio Samples:


… a selection from Tributes, a trio of miniatures dedicated to, and imitating the composers Stravinsky Finzi and Bartok.  Gregson’s perfectly captured styles make for thoroughly engaging listening, exquisitely delivered by Sergio Castelló López

Thomas Dunne, Brass Band World, March 2021

…. warmly witty tributes to Stravinsky, Finzi and Bartók in which the composer’s love for the subjects of his pastiches is evident in every bar.  Clarinettist Sergio Castelló López and pianist Paul Janes ensure these character studies make their mark as attractive and heartfelt utterances in their own right ….

Paul Conway, Musical Opinion, July/September 2021

Work Details

  • Date of Composition: 2010
  • Publisher: Novello
  • Genre:
  • Duration: 17'
  • Instrumentation: clarinet and piano

First Performance

  • Date: October 2010
  • Venue: City Halls, Glasgow, UK
  • Performers:
    Michael Collins (clarinet) Michael McHale (piano)



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