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Fantasy for Bass Clarinet

one (1) solo piece that lasts two (2) ticks

Year:  2007

Year:  2007

Composer:   Robbie Ellis

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Robbie Ellis: Fantasy for b...

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While there is no strict programme to the piece, I like to think there are programmatic elements within it: namely contrasts of fast and slow, loud and soft, surprise and predictability, tension and relaxation, vigour and repose. In addition, the piece explores the relationship between two wind instruments – the bass clarinet and the human voice – through both dissonant and consonant relationships, including unisons, octave unisons and one note being a partial of the other’s fundamental.

Fantasy was written for the composer’s Honours-level Composition folio and for Anna McGregor’s third-year bass clarinet Performance recital at The University of Auckland. It was first performed at the Douglas Lilburn Trust Competition Prize Concert, on 12 October 2007 at The University of Auckland Music Theatre, where the composer won First Prize in the General Composition category, and the performer won the Performer’s Prize.

Acknowledgement goes to Andrew Uren, Eve de Castro-Robinson and Ros Dunlop for their invaluable assistance in the development of this piece.

Dedication note

Dedicated to Anna McGregor

Performance history

12 Oct 2007: Performed by Anna McGregor at the University of Auckland Music Theatre, Auckland

29 Feb 2008: Performed by Anna McGregor