Changes

for clarinet, violin, and cello - 2010, ca 8 minutes

(click here for alto sax version)

 

Originally composed for the Etchings Festival. 

instrumentation:

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Program note

A certain spectral composer described this piece as “changing” too often, hence the title. I imagine my trio as a musical set of mood swings, beginning with a fiery angst and moving between other emotions at a moment’s notice: joy, longing, humor etc.. Thematic and motivic materials keep things coherent, with the pitch of C sharp providing an effective anchor while ideas bounce off one another. The conversation between the musicians constantly moves between arguments and agreements, until eventually a resolution is reached.