Axis for clarinet in B-flat, violin and viola (2014)
Written while in residence with the Charlotte Street Foundation, this piece treats the ensemble like one instrument, blending the sounds and paying particular attention to how each of them is able to shape the entity of the ensemble sound. The piece provokes an imaginary axis in the middle of the ensemble setup. This creates an interesting spatial effect - an evolving sound world that constantly shifts left and right, front and back as though they are echoing sounds in a resonant space. This idea originates from the composer’s intention of creating an imaginary pivot point that pushes and pulls, and balances a moving momentum, much like a tilting doll (tumbler). The idea is also prominent in the choice of the pitch materials.
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