By Lewis Spratlan | For Clarinet, Violin and Piano | 16′
Composer: Lewis Spratlan
Year Composed: 2009
Instrumentation: For Clarinet, Violin, and Piano
Format: Performance Set: Full Score + 2 Parts
Page Size: Letter
Catalog Number: OM0414
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From the composer:
Trio for clarinet, violin, and piano was composed for David Schneider, Elizabeth Chang, and Alissa Leiser during the period March-December 2009. It has numerous sections, many of them interrupting previous sections. In fact, the piece might be considered a kind of contest between interruption and continuity, entailing shifting perspectives as to which material is primary. Each instrument at some point becomes a soloist and, over the course of time, develops its essential voice. These individualistic qualities, however, succumb to the gravitational pull of sameness, whether the low, blurry opening bars or the unanimous and raucous clattering of the conclusion.
Commission/Dedication: Composed for and dedicated to David Schneider, Elizabeth Chang, and Alissa Leiser – The Buckley Chamber Players.
Premiere: First performed June 11, 2010, Amhertst, MA by David Schneider (clarinet), Elizabeth Chang (violin), and Alissa Leiser (piano).
Recording: This piece is recorded on The Buckley Chamber Players, an Albany Records album performed by The Buckley Chamber Players.
Other works: For Spratlan’s other clarinet trio, Clarinet Trio (OM0444), for clarinet, cello, and piano, click here.