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Breath control : clarinet solo

by David Young (2008, this version: 2007)

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Work Overview

Breath Control is the work created for Clarinettist Richard Haynes. A graphic score of detailed watercolours by the composer, it sonically comprises little more than a sustained note held across many, many minutes. As the title suggests it is primarily a display of the Hayne's exceptional breathing technique (referred to as 'circular breathing,' replenishing the breath by breathing in through the nose but continuing to sound the note by blowing through the mouth using the air stored in the cheeks).

Work Details

Year: 2008, this version: 2007

Instrumentation: B flat clarinet, watersports and 44-gallon drum.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Commission note: Composed for clarinettist Richard Haynes. Supported by Aphids Residencies and Mentoring Scheme established with the support of the Sidney Myer Fund; Midsumma Festival and the City of Stonnington.

First performance: 7 Feb 08. The Loft, Chapel off Chapel, Prahran, Melbourne, as part of the Midsumma Festival 2008


Performances of this work

7 Feb 08: The Loft, Chapel off Chapel, Prahran, Melbourne, as part of the Midsumma Festival 2008

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