Performance Today®

with host Fred Child

: Copland's Clarinet Concerto

93ea9f 20100511 copland
Aaron Copland Library of Congress, Music Division

Writers have always been advised to stick with what they know. Good thing Aaron Copland didn't follow that advice. After Benny Goodman asked him to write a clarinet concerto, Copland complained, "I can't play a note on the clarinet!" So maybe he couldn't play the clarinet. But he wrote a great concerto for it. Alan Kay performs it in today's show, from a concert at the Windham Chamber Music Festival.