NEW 2020 Reflections in the Dark for Bb clarinet, alto sax & percussion (2006/2020)
Movt I: 6:30 min.
Movt II: 4 min.
Movements can be performed separately.
ABC Classic Recording (2009)
Katia Beaugeais – Alto sax
David Rowden – Clarinet
Joshua Hill – Percussion: vibraphone, marimba & temple blocks
2020 revised score is slightly different to the recording.
Reflections in the Dark (2006/2020) is one of Beaugeais’s first compositions.
This piece was selected for the Young Composers’ Salon as part of the Sydney Spring International Festival of New Music, where Beaugeais performed it herself at the
Sydney Opera House. It was also broadcast on ABC Classic radio in a program featuring Beaugeais’s music.
This new revised 2020 version is dedicated to Italian ensemble: Beating Reeds.
The initial idea of Reflections in the Dark came to me when I was sitting in front of a pool very late one night, watching the beautiful reflections of the moonlight shimmering across the water. As the wind started to develop, swaying trees created moving shadows in the water.
The first movement begins with a meditative and atmospheric opening, developing into a quirky energetic rhythmic and motivic interplay between the clarinet, saxophone and percussion instruments. A range of colours and percussive effects are explored including a duet between the saxophonist and percussionist, where saxophone slap-tonguing imitates the percussive sound of the temple blocks.
In the second movement, a calm and tranquil scene returns, featuring the pure, lyrical singing tones of each instrument.
Reflections in the Dark features contemporary playing techniques: multiphonics, pitch bends, quarter-tone trills, key clicks and slap-tongue effects.
All extended technique fingerings and playing instructions are displayed in the score.
Total duration of Reflections in the Dark is approximately 10:30 minutes.
© November 2020 by Katia Beaugeais
Also Available for* Bb clarinet, flute/bass flute & percussion.
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