Clarinet Solo - Burch, Gary
Instrumentation: Solo Instruments: Clarinet
“Urban Idyll” is one of many terms associated with the San Francisco Bay Area. The two words “Urban” and “Idyll” are somewhat contradictory since “Idyll” is defined as, “a scene, event or condition of rural simplicity and happiness.” But, the two words go together rather well when used to describe the many contrasts of San Francisco -- its diversity ranged from the modern architecture of the Transamerica Pyramid to the scenic views of Golden Gate Park.
When I began writing “Urban Idyll”, my goal was to write a piece that was a true Twentieth-Century composition. The piece begins with the clarinet stating the first motive without piano accompaniment. The A section is based on quartel harmony and features several rhythmic devices in the piano accompaniment. The second half of the A section begins with a dissonant piano accompaniment and contains a rhythmic pattern that is restated several times throughout the work.
The B section begins with the clarinet stating a legato and expressive theme that is based on the original motive. The work is concluded by a partial restatement of the first theme.
I’ve dedicated this piece to Dr. Mary Jeanne Van Appledorn; she has put a lot of effort into getting my pieces performed on concerts, as well as helping organize my own recital programs.Learn More
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