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Gorlywhorl : for clarinet in A

by Gerald Glynn (1984)

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Performance by Floyd Williams from the CD Dreamtracks

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Work Overview

Gorlywhorl, composed in 1984, is the companion piece to Whirligig written the previous year. It is much lighter, more ironic and playful in vein than its predecessor. Just as the piece opens with the slow, then accelerating alternation of two notes, it ends with the progressive dismantling of a spiky motif shared with Whirligig, until only a few dislocated notes remain to end the piece.

Finding no title to suit this sequel to Whirligig, I decided to invent one. Choosing the word whorl, meaning a turning, spiral mark or pattern, I prefixed it with Gorly, to make the neologism Gorlywhorl, thereby producing for the two pieces a joint title of the A-B-B-A kind, taking the initial letters of the words' main syllables: W-li-G followed by G-ly-W.

Work Details

Year: 1984

Instrumentation: Clarinet in A.

Duration: 5 min.

Difficulty: Advanced

Written for: Beate Zelinsky, Das Klarinettenduo

First performance: by Ros Dunlop — 2 Jun 88. Sydney University

'Whirligig' composed in 1983, and 'Gorlywhorl' in 1984.

Performances of this work

30 Mar 08: Charisma Concert, Sydney Conservatorium. Featuring Ros Dunlop.

29 Jan 00: Glynn Retrospective Concert, Vienna. Featuring Heinz-Peter Linshalm.

9 Mar 91: Symeron Concert, Sydney Conservatorium. Featuring Ros Dunlop.

18 May 89: Sydney University. Featuring Ros Dunlop.

24 Jul 88: Eglise américaine, Paris. Featuring Ros Dunlop.

2 Jun 88: Sydney University. Featuring Ros Dunlop.

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