Earth, Wind and Fire : piccolo and bass clarinet duo
by Callum Watson (2018)
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Earth, Wind and Fire
is a compositional response to Earth as a
concept. To achieve this, I have utilised the intrinsically
earthy sounding bass clarinet complemented with piccolo. This
unique instrumentation allows for a virtuosic exploration of
extremes in sound ranging from piercing high arpeggios in the
piccolo projecting vast distances, to the softest of low tones
in the bass clarinet requiring the audience to be quiet and
listen intently. Audience accessibility is a core of the
performance. As such, the above technical complexity is
contrasted by moments of sublime emotive
Movement also plays an important part in the performance. Both instruments can be played whilst the performer is moving. This composition therefore includes minor theatrical elements. The performers begin the composition from unexpected but prominent positions (such as at the top of stairs/on a hill) at opposite ends of the area before moving to a main stage area. From the audiences' perspective, the performers should appear from nowhere, adding to the spectacle of the work.
Instrumentation: Piccolo, bass clarinet.
Duration: 11 min.
Difficulty: Advanced — Features difficult virtuosic writing.
Commission note: Commissioned by City of Greater Geelong.
The composer cites the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with the work:
This piece is a fusion of baroque, jazz and hard rock. It also features small references to Beethoven.
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