Be(com)ing

(1979)

by Jonathan Harvey

Description
Clarinet and piano
Duration
15
Genres
Clarinet
Instrumentation
Commission
Commissioned by Julia Holmes
First Performance
22.10.81, Purcell Room, London: Julia Holmes/Julian Elloway
Availability

Piano score and part 0-571-50688-7 on sale

Programme Notes
Be(com)ing is so called because, although the music changes quite dramatically, becomes something, with regard to its surface patterns and ways of producing sounds on clarinet and piano, the basic structure does not change but goes on repeating the harmonic and melodic patterns as before: the play of the relative world within the absolute world of ‘being’. For both instruments, silence (or near silence) is always followed by soft, gentle music, which is always followed by energetic music. This threefold sequence occurs throughout, but clarinet and piano are not ‘in sync.’, each follows its cycles independently of the other. The work was commissioned by the young virtuoso Julia Holmes with funds provided by South East Arts, and first performed by her with Julian Elloway. The demands made on both instruments are very considerable, and the clarinet especially is asked to produce many new sounds, including microtones. Jonathan Harvey

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