Nigel Keay - Allusions for Clarinet Solo (2013)
In one movement, duration: ca. 3 minutes19 seconds.
AUDIO (mp3); Allusions Played by Jean-Marc Fessard, recorded 29 July 2014
Allusions for Clarinet Solo was written for Jean-François Bescond in June/July 2013 as a result of his search for a short piece to play in Assisi. The opening melody is, at its core, based on a harmonic construction spanning a little over two octaves, that is by nature chromatic although often anchored to or built above an E-flat pedal note. The natural agility of the clarinet immediately suggested a wide-ranging angular melodic line outlining a mobile harmonic progression. This idea dominates the movement, interspersed on occasions with short bursts of subsidiary melodies with a more confined range that are very much in a capriccioso or fantasy style. The title "Allusions" is a contemplation on the idea of a single melodic line on its own indirectly forming a harmony in a non-explicit manner.
Allusions for Clarinet Solo was given its premiere performance by Jean-François Bescond at the 2013 ClarinetFest in Assisi, Italy (Accademia Italiana del Clarinetto) Saturday July 27th, 2013.
September 25th 2013. Jean-François Bescond performed Allusions for Clarinet Solo at the Urals Mussorgsky State Conservatoire in Yekaterinburg, Russia – Class of Igor Parischyuk.
Broadcast on Radio France Musique "Tapage nocturne" Friday 11th October 2013, 00h00-01h00 performed by Jean-Marc Fessard.
Performed in Lublin, Poland on 7th May 2014 by Jean-françois Bescond.
28th March 2015, Jean-François Bescond performed Allusions at the 2015 Troy University Clarinet Day (Alabama, USA). Programme PDF.
The contemporary music ensemble "Traces d'Aujourd'hui" (Françoise Talvard, clarinet) performed Allusions for clarinet solo at Les Libraires Associés, 3 rue Pierre l'Ermite, Paris 18ème. Affiche du concert PDF.
The contemporary music ensemble "Traces d'Aujourd'hui" (Françoise Talvard, clarinet) played Allusions for clarinet solo on Sunday 20th November 2016 at 3.30pm at l'Église Saint-Ambroise, 71bis bd Voltaire, Paris 75011.
Thursday 15th December 2016. Jean-François Bescond performed Allusions for clarinet at The Xian Conservatory of Music, Shaanxi, China.
Sunday 24th February 2019, 5.00pm. Performance of Allusions for clarinet solo by Elias Rodriguez at the Fondation des États-Unis, (Grand Salon), 15 boulevard Jourdan 75014Paris. Free entry.