magnificat 2: still

Bb clarinet and piano (2003)

Duration: 8:00

Recorded on i need no words Neuma 450-109

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Program Note

magnificat 2: still is the second in a series of reflections on the unison, in music and in life. Composed for the Tanosaki-Richards Duo, this piece establishes a continuum of relationships between the clarinet and the piano, from the most distant to the closest, as the players ultimately take over one another’s instruments. As such the piece becomes a metaphor for the long-term relationship, one in which we desire the simple perfection, the stillness, of union while struggling with the repetitions and tensions of daily life.