By Lewis Spratlan | For Clarinet, Cello, and Piano | 8′
Title: Clarinet Trio
Composer: Lewis Spratlan
Year Composed: 2020
Instrumentation: For Clarinet, Cello, and Piano
Format: Performance Set: Full Score in C + 2 Parts
Page Size: Letter
Catalog Number: OM0444
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From the composer:
Clarinet Trio opens with a perpetuum mobile seven-note figure in the cello, which is then taken up by the clarinet and then by the piano. This figure makes up the entire first part of the piece, interrupted once by screeching in the clarinet. The second part features couplets and a dance-like figure, pizzicato, in the cello which yields to more of the perpetuum mobile with more screeching. Some relief occurs with a slow, calm cantabile, leading to a kind of development of everything heard up to this point. A playful final figure appears that then yields to a concluding resumption of the opening figuration and a sort of halo created by the piano, holding the pedal down at great length at the very end.
Commission/Dedication: Composed for clarinetist Romie de Guise-Langlois.
Other works: For Spratlan’s other clarinet trio, Trio (OM0414), for clarinet, violin and piano, click here.