Thursday, 26 July 2012

Clarinet Trio

I've just finished writing a piece for clarinet, cello and piano. I was motivated to write it on hearing The Weaver of Grass, who plays the piano, accompanying a mutual friend who plays the clarinet. The possiblility of writing a piece in which I could join in (on the cello) occurred to me. I hate writing music in a vacuum and like to be able to imagine a performance of any music I write so, whether we get to perform it or not, the catalyst was there (I doubt we'll be able to do the first movement at the fair lick the computer keeps up). It's in three movements and last just under 8 minutes.



Argent said...

I really enjoyed this. You definitely need to get some live musicians onto it. Even with the Gameboy sound, I found it very appealing. The clarient line was light and very pleasant and I enjoyed how the piano and cello parts puched things along. There was a certain relentlessly driving feeling to this (ok, the comouter makes for a certain metronomic effect, but even so).

Do you have a MIDI of this? i'd be happy to run it through the tools I have on my mac and see if we could get more reslistic instrument sounds. The piece deserves it.

Tom Stephenson said...

I have a feeling that I would like this, but - as you warned us - I cannot get past the electronic sonics, and the overall (and overriding) effect to me is like walking through one of those arcades on the seafront which employ similar simple programs on the gaming machines.

As Argent said, I would much prefer to hear it played by humans on wooden instruments, and then I really think I could appreciate all your hard work. I hope that you don't think I am slagging your great work off, I am just slagging off the premature presentation.

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for these comments.

Argent: Thanks for that! I'll see what I can do. I have three files (one for each movement) which could be converted to midi files.

Tom: "I would much prefer to hear it played by humans"... So would I. However, if I leave it until then that could be a long time! Nothing would please me more than to post a live recording of it.

Tom Stephenson said...

It is a trio, not a symphony - go to a college and persuade 4 students to take it on as an exercise?

George said...

Fascinating, Dominic! I really enjoyed listening to this. Quite different in a special kind of way.

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for these comments.

Tom: Good idea. My originally envisaged ensemble might yet play it - although they might not wish to record it! Part of the purpose of this post is a sales pitch - if I find other people who can play it I can direct them here to give them a rough idea of what they're taking on.

George: Thank you!

Andrew Shields said...

What software do you use for writing compositions on the computer?

The Weaver of Grass said...

Get the piano music round here pronto if you want me playing in that trio. I need a lot of practice with the kind of music you write. Then we can put it on the computer the next time our clarinetist comes over (I am meeting him for lunch today in Kirby Lonsdal so will mention it to him.) Oh and I had better get my piano tuned.

Alan Burnett said...

Get that sound file repaired : I want to listen to this, it sounds intriguing.

Dominic Rivron said...

Thanks for these comments.

AS: Sibelius.

WG: Willdo.

AB: Thanks. All sorted. See next post.