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Mr. Noble has composed over 63 works, including piano sonatas, chamber music, two works for band and two symphonies. The Quartet for Four B-Flat Clarinets was composed for the following reasons: 1) the B-Flat clarinet is the most common clarinet and is also a popular instrument 2) the composer majored in the instrument 3) the clarinet has a large range and much technical capability 4) a work for four B-Flat clarinets is not too common.. The work is in four movements and was composed from July 4, 1992 to October 24, 1992. The playing time is about 20 minutes. Although it is for advanced high school or college-level performers because of some challenging parts, this quartet is melodic and playable with practice. It uses a clear thematic structure in the classic manner. J.S. Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven are the composer’s greatest teachers and inspiration.
Lee Noble started clarinet and harmony lessons in elementary school. During middle school and high school Lee Noble studied piano as well. Eventually he studied music theory, music history, harmony, counterpoint, composition and piano with Italo Taranta who was once a student with Nadia Boulanger at the Paris Conservatory. The studies with Mr Taranta were the most significant and "opened up the world of music" for Lee. Mr. Noble attended The University of Michigan from 1958 to 1960 where he majored in comp ayne State University from 1960 to 1966 where he studied liberal arts and music education. He received a B.M. degree in clarinet from Wayne State University, Detroit.