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Canfield: Sextet for Clarinet, String Quartet and Chimes (parts)
Publisher: Jeanne Inc.
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This Sextet for Clarinet, String Quartet and Chimes by
David DeBoor Canfield was commissioned by Australian
clarinetist Robert Schubert for inclusion on a compact
disc project. The music, composed in 2014, is written in
four movements, the third of which has an extended duet
for clarinet and chimes.
Given the nationality of the commissioner, and
Canfield’s fond memories of a trip that he and his wife
took to Australia in 2009, he attempted to bring
Australian elements into the work. In the first
movement, the sounds of the Aboriginal instrument, the
digeridoo, are evoked in the clarinet and cello. The
second movement, containing many leaps in the clarinet,
is meant to suggest the leaping characteristic of
Australia’s most distinctive animal, the kangaroo. The
mysterious atmosphere of the third movement suggests the
silent wonders of the Great Barrier Reef, another place
visited by the Canfields, and the final movement is
suggestive of the gregarious nature of the Australians
they met on their trip, remembering particularly a
gathering that included steaks on the “Barbie.”
The running time of the work is approximately 17 minutes.
This item (JP2150) is the parts only. See JP2151 to
purchase the score.
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Canfield: Sextet for Clarinet, String Quartet and Chimes (score)