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Entropic visions : miniature for solo clarinet

by Matthew Dewey (2008)

Entropic visions


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Entropic visions / Matthew Dewey.

Library shelf no. 788.62/DEW 1 [Available for loan]

Work Overview

I encourage an approach to this piece in performance that incorporates a spatial element. Perhaps the performer could appear from a balcony above the audience, or in a light, or from a window. The piece by nature is a transition, and therefore it is possible that it be used to bridge to a new section of a performance with a differing mood or aesthetic.

The piece itself is dedicated to the memory of Francois Hugo, a childhood friend of mine who died of a Methadone overdose in Z├╝rich in 2008. There are 99 audible notes in this work, a testament to the obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) from which he suffered, and never overcame. He would count each syllable in sentences that people spoke to him. He would try to make sense of the world through counting, by constructing a false order in his mind that he ultimately knew he could not rely on.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: Solo clarinet in B flat.

Duration: 1 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Dedication note: Cadenza for Francois Hugo

First performance: by Joshua Rubin at New Miniatures (Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Centre ) on 30 Nov 2006

Performances of this work

30 Nov 2006: at New Miniatures (Bruno Walter Auditorium, Lincoln Centre ). Featuring Joshua Rubin.

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