7. Five Bagatelles for Clarinet, 4.18

Five Bagatelles for Clarinet (5 movements) (composed April 2013) is a Piano and Clarinet duet in five separate movements. It demonstrates a profound grasp of dramatic musical structure in an entertaining setting that is challenging, skillful and full of wit and bitter humour. With a lyricism and captivating natural inclination toward flexible, buoyant colors the music is consistently grateful, strong and sustains a compositional arch that is very clearly evident. The counterpoint between the instrument’s exchanges present sublimely bold and catching orchestral effects that are imaginative, varied and often intricately-woven into the score. It is both exciting and technical – sharp with characterizations in each movement; a lithe physicality to the heroic and slightly bent melodies, reflecting affable and cunning vitality.