Lament (trios: 3 clarinets)
by Jennifer Fowler (1987, this version: 1999)
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Lament was written in response to the death of a friend.
In this piece I wanted to spin a long line of wordless lamentation. I was aiming to explore what one could say within quite strict limitations: spinning out a few notes at a time; twisting and turning; keeping up a sense of momentum and a sense of progression. Underneath, the bleak intervals of 4ths and 5ths at cadence points are used to underpin the line, but also to unsettle it with uneasy independent movement.
Year: 1987, this version: 1999
Instrumentation: 2 clarinets in Bb, bass clarinet.
Duration: 8 min.
First performance: by London Chamber Group — 30 Nov 99. The Tower Tavern, Clipstone St, London W1, UK
Performances of this work
25 Feb 07: St Mary's College, South Bond, Indiana, USA. Featuring Claricello Ensemble.
28 May 06: Dickson Space, Newtown, NSW. Featuring Anthea Cottee.
7 Jul 02: The Tower Tavern, Clipstone St, London W1, UK. Featuring London Chamber Group.
25 Sep 01: British Music Information Centre, London. Featuring Pluygers Wind Ensemble.
8 Jul 01: The Tower Tavern, Clipstone St, London W1, UK. Featuring London Chamber Group.
6 Jul 01: St Mary Abbott's Church, Kensington, London, UK. Featuring Beaumont Reed Trio.
30 Nov 99: The Tower Tavern, Clipstone St, London W1, UK. Featuring London Chamber Group.
1997: London, UK. Featuring Tubalaté Quartet.
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