Act Without Words

By Luna Pearl Woolf | For Clarinet in B-Flat | 15′

Title: Act Without Words I
To accompany the play by Samuel Beckett.
Composer: Luna Pearl Woolf
Year Composed: 2017
Instrumentation: For Solo Clarinet in B-Flat
Duration: 15′

Format: Transposed Score
Page Size: Letter
Catalog Number: OM0163

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From the composer:

Act Without Words I is a setting of the wordless play by Samuel Beckett, to be performed by a single clarinetist. The score is carefully synchronized to the action and staging of the play.

The clarinet can transition from silly to serious without even blinking, which Beckett does as well. The play has really black humor, so we’re going to laugh as this man is going through this horrible journey. I really loved the idea of solo clarinet for all of that.


Renata Rakova and Michael Mohammed in Act Without Words I. | Credit: Kevin Fryer

Composer Luna Pearl Woolf discusses the process behind her composition here.

Commission/Dedication: Commissioned by Bard Music West.
Premiere: Premiered March 18, 2017 in the inaugural season of Bard Music West by Renata Rakova, in a production directed by Mark Streshinky.

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