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Canfield: Five Lyric Pieces for Clarinet & Piano
Publisher: Jeanne Inc.
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Five Lyric Pieces began its life in 2000 as a song cycle
called Winter Solace, which was premiered at a festival of
Canfield's music given at the University of Central
Oklahoma in February of 2000. In 2012, the composer,
desiring to present a long-promised work to Dr. Otis
Murphy, Professor of Saxophone at Indiana University's
Jacobs School of Music, came up the idea of reworking
the cycle for saxophone and piano, in order to quickly
initiate a series of works to be written for this
renowned artist and teacher of the saxophone.
Consequently, both the vocal line and piano part were
reworked for Dr. Murphy and his wife. Shortly after the
composer finished the version for saxophone and piano,
he realized that it would work equally well scored for
clarinet, and consequently made this version for
clarinetist, Dr. John Anderson. The present work is not
a flashy virtuoso piece, but is intended to display the
rich tone of the solo instrument. The dark quality of
the texts of the song cycle, dealing with the subject of
the death of children, is complemented by a generally
somber atmosphere in the music, but the set of pieces
ends on an optimistic note, reflecting the composer's
conviction of the continuation of life in eternity.
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