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Scenes from childhood : clarinet

by Michal Rosiak (2011)

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Work Overview

The piece is in a typical post modern style that combines elements of many styles and forms. Michal writes that the piece was inspired by scenes from his own childhood and that of others. It was written following the birth of his second child, Maximillian, and is dedicated to him

The opening scene, Promenade, with its merry character and marching rhythms reflects a child's confidence and bravery.

The second scene, The Toys Go Marching, is based on The British Grenadiers march. The main motive is heard throughout but does not appear in full until the last few bars of the movement. Other familiar tunes from the classical repertoire also make an appearance in this movement.

The third scene, Interlude, has the sub-title, Childhood is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies, taken from a 1937 poem by Edna St Vincent Millay. This movement is the only slow movement in the work. The harmony is both tonal and atonal and is based on clashes of major and minor chords. The movement is nostalgic and sometimes melancholic in character.

The fourth scene, Waltzing With Butterflies, features constant changes in time signature but maintains a bouncing, dance-like pulse.

The Pancake Rag is the title of the fifth and final scene. It is in the traditional ragtime style but is interrupted a few times and seems to begin again.

Work Details

Year: 2011

Instrumentation: Clarinet in Eb, 4 clarinets in Bb, alto clarinet in Eb (opt. 2nd bass clarinet in Bb), bass clarinet in Bb.

Duration: 8 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Commissioned by Riverina Conservatorium of Music.

First performance: by Clarinessance (Musical group) — 12 May 11. Lunch Hour Concert No. 3, St Andrews Church, Wagga Wagga

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Postmodern, Neoclassical

Performances of this work

12 May 11: Lunch Hour Concert No. 3, St Andrews Church, Wagga Wagga. Featuring Clarinessance (Musical group).

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