Two Recitatives for Violin and Clarinet

My Two Recitatives should be thought of as a set of two rhapsodic solo pieces with accompaniment. Recitative #1 features the violin, hushed by a practice mute, amidst a fog of quiet multiphonic trills in the clarinet. Throughout the movement, the violin’s open A string obscures the melodic line that is trying to emerge. For Recitative #2, the violin's mute comes off, the clarinet ascends into a more piercing register, and the sonorities become harsher. The clarinet wails a fierce line above a driving violin ostinato.

12 minutes