Plume (composed February 2013) is a chamber work written amongst a diverse collection of instruments, orchestral in its roots, rippling with inner voices that become ineffably haunting. Its lurid atmosphere showcases the Solo Clarinet’s verismo with an impressively large-scale score building in tension with insinuating motifs, consistent and coherent in its cleanly arranged post-Romantic broodings.
It simmers enough to make all the expositions of the instrument audible; the passage is separated by interludes full of grand waves of sound. Unblinking in its treatments of a true, raw and wildly eclectic jagged edges, it uses different voicings and textures to portray the orchestral quality of the work. It is a gripping piece, and inventive in its chances.