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Now I Know

for solo clarinet and Javanese gamelan

Year:  2007

Year:  2007

Composer:   Chris Watson


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The title, Now I Know, is a play on an initial misunderstanding over the name of the clarinet soloist for whom, along with Gamelan Padhang Moncar, the work was written - was Andrzej’s surname Knowicki, or Nowicki?

I am grateful to Jack Body for commissioning the work and, through its writing and rehearsals, taking me on a long detour outside my comfort zone, into a world of communal music making and collaboration that is so much more immediate and enveloping than the more aloof composer/performer relationship that I am accustomed to. Thanks also to Andrzej Nowicki for having the courage to explore the limits of the de-tuned clarinet, to Gareth Farr and Yudane for putting together the opening and the ensemble for its hours of dedicated rehearsal, much of it in the uncomfortable heat of Java.

Chris Watson

Commissioned note

Commissioned by Jack Body and Gamelan Padhang Moncar, with funding from Creative New Zealand

Dedication note

dedicated to Andrzej Nowicki and Gamelan Padhang Moncar, with thanks to Jack Body

Contents note

one movement

Performance history

premiered in July 2007 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and performed by Andrzej Nowicki (clarinet) and Gamelan Padhang Moncar

Performed by Andrzej Nowicki (clarinet) and the Javanese and Balinese gamelan based at the New Zealand School of Music

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