Clarinet Trio


by Jonathan Harvey

violin, clarinet and piano
Mixed Chamber Ensemble
cl - pno - vln
Commissioned by the Verdehr Trio and Michigan State University
First Performance
23.10.05: Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, USA: Verdehr Trio

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Programme Notes
This short Clarinet Trio uses only delicate sounds on the piano, in an attempt to balance the combination of instruments. It is a 'dancing' piece, with strictly serialised tempo changes which correspond to the pitch lines that are used. These are inflected, however, by entirely pentatonic note-groups, non-serial and out-of-time. We hear an interplay of two worlds. It was commissioned by the Verdehr Trio and the University of Michigan. Jonathan Harvey

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