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A Piece with No Name

The creation of A Piece with No Name is centered on my discovery of the “clarinet in pieces.”  I had been experimenting with making music using different parts of the clarinet and was especially intrigued by the timbral quality and intervallic oddities of placing the mouthpiece in the lower joint.  The effect was very raw and otherworldly, something harkening of a distant land or time.  This piece is my attempt to exemplify these qualities through its simplistic forms, unique ensemble, and pseudo-microtonality.  The winning entry of the Sinquefield Composition Prize, one judge labeled it “Neo-Primitivist,” which I believe aptly captures my aim.

Duration: 7 min.

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