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small, round, strangely furry, with spots, stripes and other patterns : trio for clarinet, violin and piano

by Connor D'Netto (2018)

Work Overview

You're trying to describe something to someone - an object, a concept, an idea, a memory - but however you try to go about describing it, you don't quite manage to get to the core of the thing - you skim around the topic, relay certain details, related ideas, fragmented glimpses - but never managing to give it's essence with clarity, always hazed and obscured . . .

small, round, strangely furry, with spots, stripes and other patterns is like this kind of experience. Throughout the work, at its core are just a handful of musical ideas - short melodies, themes, rhythmic patterns - only two or three; however, at no point are these heard clearly. The actual musical substance of the piece is abstractions from these core ideas, eluding to the themes, echoing and augmenting the rhythms, constantly trying to focus in on different facets of the core material, which then spin out to develop new material related to it. Slowly parts drift on musical tangents, the texture becomes more complex, parts conflict and the core of the material becomes obscured/obstructed - while the core musical ideas are always present in some way, they are always shifting in and out of focus.

Work Details

Year: 2018

Instrumentation: Clarinet (Bb and bass clarinet), violin, piano.

Duration: 10 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Plexus Ensemble.

First performance: by Plexus Ensemble — 25 Sep 18. Plexus • Parallel, Melbourne Recital Centre

Performances of this work

25 Sep 18: Plexus • Parallel, Melbourne Recital Centre. Featuring Plexus Ensemble.

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