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Takumi's Boogie
by Bruce Stark
clarinet octet
(Eb cl, 4 Bb cl, alto cl, bass cl.,
contra-bass or contra-alto cl.)
about 4 minutes, 30 seconds

Belle-Kane Publications
score and parts: $24.99 (US)
Until now there hasn't been a piece like this with its syncopated,
lively 7/8 meter. It is very fun for the players, and captivates
audiences in a way that makes them forget
the passing of time. Highly recommended!

-Kazuo Fujii, clarinetist and educator

Takumi's Boogie
Takumi's Boogie was recorded by the Tokyo Clarinet Ensemble on their 2006 release, The Brilliant Clarinet Ensemble VIII .
Clarinet Ensemble
Program Notes
A syncopated bit of fun in 7/4 time, Takumi's Boogie was originally a four-hands piano piece dedicated to my good friend Takumi Eguchi. I had the pleasure of performing a version of it for flute, clarinet and piano with clarinetist Kazuo Fujii in Tokyo, afterwhich he urged me to make this arrangement for clarinet octet. In preparing this version I composed new sections and made many re-writes; I hope the piece offers a challenging but fun and rewarding addition to the clarinet ensemble repertory. A special thanks goes to Mr. Fujii for his encouragement and helpful advice, and to Takumi Eguchi, for his many years of support and friendship.
- Bruce Stark