Four Caprices

The Four Caprices are meant to be concise pieces of contrasting affects, allowing the clarinet to be colored by a wide range of percussion. In the first movement, the clarinet floats in a shimmering environment created by metal percussion. The second movement becomes more rhythmic, with slick clarinet gestures in dialogue with the hihat and snare drum. Instigated by long resonances of crashing metals, the mood of the cavernous third movement becomes gloomier and less human. Finally, the fourth movement brings out the brutality of the clarinet and percussion, especially the tom-toms.
The clarinet’s most important partner throughout is the vibraphone and xylophone player.

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Duration: 
17 minutes