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No leaves to blow

Sheet Music: Score & Part(s)

No leaves to blow : for clarinet and piano / David Slater.

by David Slater (2010)

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  • Instrumentation: Clarinet, piano.
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    Performance by Jennifer Rhodes, Anthony Baldwin from the CD Selected works by AMC represented artists

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Written for the 21st birthday of a past student, now a music therapist in New Zealand, this work explores the power of calmness to deflect anger.

Over the wintry forest
winds howl in rage
with no leaves to blow

Soseki Natsume

This haiku formed a shape for the work with passages of increasingly frosty rage being interspersed with passages of stillness and calm, as though "with no leaves to blow" the howling anger of the wind can eventually be defeated. Tentative at first, this process grows in strength as the piece progesses. Rhythmic and melodic angularity, combined with rapid tempi and harmonic complexity are the wind, while slower passages of rhythmic and harmonic simplicity, including a waltz-like section, provide the opposing, and ultimately dominant calm.

Published by: Australian Music Centre — 1 facsimile score 9p. -- A4 (portrait)) and 1 part (4p. -- A4 (portrait))

Duration: 5 min.

Dedication note: For Ellie

The composer states:

No Leaves To Blow is related to many of the pieces I have written over the past few years. It explores contrasts which I first tried to use in "Scherzo and Chorale" (No.1 for saxophone quartet and No.2 for string quartet). This concept of juxtaposing the sacred and the profane, the simple and the complex, the contemplative and the humorous in a single movement form has seen reincarnations as the 4th movement of "Noontide's Night, Night's Morning" (concerto for double bass section and orchestra), "A Breath of Wind from the Wings of Madness" (for baritone saxophone, double bass and percussion) and the final movement of the Sonatina (for cello or viola and piano). It is also reflected in part in the song "Summer Haze" (for soprano and piano).

Written for performance for the NSW HSC Mandatory Topic

Typeset edition.

ISMN: 979-0-720135-41-0

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Score & Part [ePDF]: No leaves to blow : for clarinet and piano [eScore] / David Slater.

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- Flute with piano


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