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Still : for clarinet in Bb and piano

by Katy Abbott (2020)



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Still : for clarinet in Bb and piano / Katy Abbott.

Library shelf no. 788.62/ABB 2 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

"The focus is less on virtuosic playing but rather to reflect further on what I've learned during a much quieter and more 'still' few months.  I think creating metaphorical space within the music, through stillness, beauty and simplicity creates potential and capacity for audience reflection which both stimulates curiosity about ourselves and each other as well as inform us about how we show up in the world."

This statement was written for the commissioner before the piece was composed and was indeed how the work came into being. The spaciousness within the piece provides an upside-down virtuosity - a way for the duo to connect deeply through the music; the space provides exposure - which although beautiful, is also vulnerable, fragile. The first lockdown in Melbourne provided space for me to regroup which is where the concept was initiated. The second lockdown, the one we are still in as I write, is more about personal capacity. I've watched my family, friends, neighbours and colleagues wrestle, push and tire. All with terrific attitudes. This piece was the only piece that could be composed (for me) during this time. I hope it is one of peace and hope. My home office looks out to my front verandah and I've spent many days looking at the sunlight dappled through the lovely twisted gum tree. This reminds me of strength and stillness which I'm sure is represented in the work somehow.

It is my hope Still is not packaged into 'a lockdown' piece box but speaks more broadly to an audience of musical and human qualities through the performer's interpretation.

Katy Abbott, October 2020.

Work Details

Year: 2020

Instrumentation: Clarinet in B flat, piano.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — long breaths required

Dedication note: Dedicated to Ian Munro, David Griffiths

Commission note: Commissioned by Australia Ensemble.


Still : for clarinet in Bb and piano


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