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Brindabella blues (quartets: 3 clarinets, bass clarinet)

by Ruth Lee Martin (2005)

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Performance by Clarity Clarinet Quartet from the CD Second door on the left

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Library shelf no. CD 1791 [Available for loan]

Brindabella blues


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Work Overview

This work was commissioned by Clarity Clarinet Quartet as part of a series of works from several Canberra composers. Two things greatly influenced the shape this work took: the first was the Brindabella mountains that surround Canberra that seemed to have an very strong presence for me at the time of writing - I love the sound of the word and the mountains themselves as they cradle the south part of Canberra are really beautiful. The second influence was a very persistent playful jazz motive that insinuated itself into the work despite - at first - my best efforts to keep it at bay. Finally I surrendered and this work is the result.

Work Details

Year: 2005

Instrumentation: E flat clarinet, 2 B flat clarinets, bass clarinet.

Duration: 6 min.

Difficulty: Medium — Fairly simple in terms of modality, but a bit tricky rhythmically

Commission note: Commissioned by Clarity Clarinet Quartet with funds provided by ArtsACT.


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