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Brightest threads : for bass clarinet quartet

by Robert Davidson (2009, this version: 2013)

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Performance by Continuum Sax from the CD Works by Kats-Chernin, Edwards, Griswold, Davidson, Hart.

This sample is of the Saxophone Quartets version of this work

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Work Overview

Brightest threads creates a glowing sonority by interlocking melodies in a canon, with the focus on ambiguous but tenderly expressive and direct, simple lines. As it progresses, energy levels slowly build and then subside to a passage of stillness, interrupted by rapid runs and a return to the opening melodies.

Work Details

Year: 2009, this version: 2013

Instrumentation: Four bass clarinets (or solo bass clarinet with pre-recorded audio).

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Fast passages, large range

The composer notes the following styles, genres, influences, etc associated with this work:
Post-minimalism, Popular music, Jazz, Canons

This work is a canon for three bass clarinets with an accompanying bass part. It may be performed with a multi-track audio recording prepared by the soloist. The style of the work was influenced by hearing Renaissance polyphony performances in Berlin.


Performances of this work

2 May 10: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, Penrith NSW. Featuring Continuum Sax.

13 Mar 10: Campbelltown Arts Centre, NSW, at the ISCM World New Music Days. Featuring Continuum Sax.

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