“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.
|Rowboat Shuffle||Clarinet Choir (Eb, Bb 1. 2. 3. [6-8 players], Eb Alto, Bb Bass, Eb Contra-Alto, BBb Contra-Bass)||1'30||1975/2014|
|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
|3 Outside||Clarinet 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 Fountain||4'20|
|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 Song||6'|
|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 Dance||YOUTUBE/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)|