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May My Shadow Never Depart

for clarinet in B flat and bass clarinet

Year:  2010

Year:  2010

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Inspired by a conversation I had with UK composer Parum Vir, May My Shadow Never Depart is based on an extract from the Dhammapada, which is a collection of verses outlining the Buddha’s essential teaching. This particular verse suggests that “joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves...” I was very captivated by this idea and decided to use it as the basis of this composition for two clarinets. The delay and loops tend to suggest a hovering shadow and I hope that the space and simplicity create a reflective and meditative atmosphere.

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think.
Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.
- from The Dhammapada


Dedication note

for 175 East

Performance history

11 Aug 2010: Waikato University Lunchtime Series

18 Nov 2011: 175 East