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"Changed Games for Clarinet and Piano was written for the Rivers School Conservatory of Music with a small commission on behalf of Dan Loschen and Karen Heninger in January of 2016.
The Clarinet is the star, and the piano is a powerhouse of sonic reinforcement. The influences are a mish-mash of Bartok, Ligeti, Prokofiev, Messiaen, Debussy, some minimalism.
Included in this score are c-transpositions for other instruments, such as the Viola, Violin or cello, bassoon, etc.
Advanced skills are needed to pull this piece off both musically and technically.
The main constraints were hand size for the pianist, and technical abilities (high notes, speed, rapid tonguing, etc) for the Clarinet player. With these in mind I set out to write a work that was in a language not too far out for a younger musician- yet had an intensity that they could grab onto. The initial idea happened well over a year before the work was completed (having no relation to intent of a clarinet and piano piece), fascinated with many differing techniques for generating musical material: this was one innocent “game” I played. The process used a 12-sided die (where 1=C, 2=C#, 3=D, etc), recording the results until ALL 12 pitches had been represented. Naturally, with this type of technique there would be “repeat” numbers, they were represented in a “parenthesis”. Repeated notes were interpreted as “grace-notes”, and then treated it in a more traditional manner.
After ignoring these results for many months, some sketches were then written based on the results- and then a short piano reading/improvisation.
The influences are a soup of Bartok, Ligeti, Prokofiev, Messiaen, Debussy, some minimalism. It is not really a “serial” work. Its ‘serial’ in its initial game-attitude, yet the dogma is not a part of the aesthetic. Pitch content is pretty strictly adhered to, but musical instinct was the best guide.
There is an option to perform this work for other instruments, hence there is included a “C-instrument” part, that may be adapted to strings or other wind/brass instruments.
A “transposed score” is included for reference as well as purely a piano part for easy practice. This score was intentionally printed on 8.5x11 paper so that it is easy to copy and give out to performers. Please support your local composers by purchasing their music.