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work for vocalising clarinetist

Year:  2011   ·  Duration:  9m 30s
Instrumentation:  solo clarinet

Year:  2011
Duration:  9m 30s
Instrumentation  solo clarinet

Alex Taylor

Composer:   Alex Taylor

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Alex Taylor: deepwalker - A...

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In many ways this is a companion piece to an earlier work, Vivid for solo trumpet, which also sets a powerful, sexually charged poem by Will Christie. But where Vivid is very often overtly violent and forceful in its gestures, deepwalker is mostly much subtler, almost passive-aggressive in outlook. The opening lines of the poem - “the day is a drum that connects these vocal loops with grey traffic circles bridge after bridge” - are mirrored in the cyclical, sometimes elliptical form of the work, loops and circles that play between registers of the clarinet. Sexual tension and aggression bubble away in the background, periodically rupturing the musical surface with piercing, angular outbursts, sometimes in parallel with the rather tender, fluid lines of the low register, and with the spoken text itself. This violent interplay creates a kind of disordered internal conversation, a bizarre hermetic character opening and shutting her windows; a clarinet of many voices.

Warning: contains coarse language

Dedication note

Written for Natalie Harris

Text note

Text by Will Christie - "Deepwalker" from the collection luce cannon

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