Peter Wright, Bb Clarinet and Elizabeth Kilpatrick,
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"Analogues" is a set of three movements for Clarinet and Bass Clarinet
composed at the request of Peter Wright - principal Clarinetist of the
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. The work was premiered by Mr.
and Bass-Clarinetist Elizabeth Kilpartick at the 2004 International
in Washington DC. The mp3 files above are a recording from the
premiere (thanks to Richard Fryer for cleaning up the audio in
The title of the work is suggestive of the Analog
synthesizers of the
60's and 70's - each individual movement taking its title from devices
commonly associated with the synthesizer. Although each movement
hints at some of the textural aspects associated with the respective
device, the work is primarily an attempt to blend the two instruments
a single composite. The first movement, "Arpeggiator" does
this through classical (and often very close) imitative counterpoint
is probably the most traditionally sounding of the three. The
ethnic sounding second movement, "Resonant filter" blends the two
primarily through a varied intervallic doubling that emphasizes the
overtone structure of the clarinet - one that prominently features the
odd numbered overtones of the harmonic series. "Sample and Hold"
- the final movement uses a hocket-like texture to meld the two
into a composite. Stylistically, this last movement is rather
borrowing more from popular idioms and harmonic progressions.
Although they are somewhat eclectic in style, the three movements are
unified by a sprinkling of chromatically complex idioms mixed in with
more "indigenous" diatonic elements, and also by a large-scale tonal
that gradually descends in semitone increments from a tonality of "A"
the beginning of the first movement to a tonality of "F" at the close
the last movement. Hence, both the first and second movements end
tonally a half-step lower than they begin.