Clarinet Quartet

   Clarinet in Bb (x3), Bass Clarinet
Duration:                  6 minutes
Year:                           2014 – 15


Program Notes

These three short preludes were written for clarinet quartet and commissioned by my friend Jack Liang for his Masters in Music recital at Arizona State University.

I – Summer
(0:00 – 2:03)

Oscillating melodic figures move slowly in and out to create a hazy texture that brings to mind the heat of summer.  I wrote this movement in Edmonton, where the summer is generally quite forgiving and relaxed.

II – Bounce
(2:05 – 3:56)

Inspired by woodwind works by Carter and Ligeti, this work captures the vivacity of the instruments and play upon a two note figure that is again weaved throughout.

III – Laid Back
(4:00 – End)

Why not have a chill piece to end the set?  A melody based on a major 7th chord evokes a little bit of jazz.


Performance History

  • Apr 10, 2015, Ambassador Trio & Patrick Englert
    Arizona State University, Phoenix
    Arizona, USA (World Premiere)
  • May 21, 2022, Ottawa Pops Orchestra
    McKay United Church
    Ottawa, Canada


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