Clarinet Choir

“Three Outside” was fun to write, and I enjoyed the collaboration with master teacher Margaret Thornhill and her players. The first movement plays out my fascination with the theoretical correlation between colors and sounds, though not in a scientific way. The middle movement is another of my nature pieces, immersed first in high mountain moonlight, then in wind in pine trees. You can also listen to my pre-concert talk at the premiere of the full work.
The “Rowboat Shuffle” shows off all the clarinet sizes; it is excerpted from my “Lifeboat Variations” for band.

view scoreRowboat ShuffleClarinet Choir (Eb, Bb 1. 2. 3. [6-8 players], Eb Alto, Bb Bass, Eb Contra-Alto, BBb Contra-Bass)1'301975/2014
Order This»A shuffle chain of compressed repetition variations for full clarinet choir/sections. From the "Lifeboat Variations" for band. (NOTE: Light percussion in sound sample is not included in this version.)

Pre-concert talk by the composer
view score3 OutsideClarinet Choir (Eb clarinet, 7 Bb clarinets, alto clarinet, 2 bass clarinets, Eb contra-alto clarinet)17'2008
Order Entire Work»Three very different movements, each projecting a distinct energy--mechanical, natural, human--in a different outdoor setting, Written for Los Angeles Clarinet Choir, Margaret Thornhill, director.Notes»
I. Magic Fountain4'20
Music for the eyes, all about color and movement. Playful showpiece evoking the variant patterns and splashy exuberance of a programmed multi-jet "dancing waters" fountain display with colored lights. Gradually develops direction to a culmination. Brief vocal splash effects at end.
II. Moon Song6'
Slow music for the heart, all about melody. The aching mystery of full-moon light on high-mountain pines. Light breeze, then full wind over a chorus of plaintive sadness, winding back to the still moon, ending on a lonely question. Soulful lead clarinet solo.
III. Hill DanceYOUTUBE/Chamber (Ebonists)
YOUTUBE/Large Ensemble (Kansas ClarinetFest)
Order This Mvt.»Music for the body, all about rhythm. Lively Bulgarian-style 5/8 folk dance up in hill country. Showy solos for Eb, Bb, bass clar. Slower middle with Jewish-flavor circle-dance tunes, almost drunk. Wild loud fast ecstatic ending. Performance by the Ebonists, England, 2015 (Also available for Concert Band)