«Distant Words» Op.43a

Clarinet in Bb and String Trio

A two-movement Clarinet fantasy.

Category: Chamber

Instrumentation: Clarinet in Bb, String Trio (Violin, Viola, Cello)

Composer: Flint Juventino Beppe

Year composed: 1999

First performance: December 10, 2000

Duration: 15:30

Movements:

  1. Typhoon at Heart (10:30)
  2. Healed by Red Wind (5:00)

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Movement: “Typhoon at Heart”


  • Clarinet in Bb
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello

Movement: “Healed by Red Wind”


  • Clarinet in Bb
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello

First performed by and written for the clarinettist Roger Arve Vigulf.

— «Distant Words» (a title, one suspects, where the composer has indulged in a little wordplay on "words" and "worlds"!) is, for a work scored for a homogeneous group of instruments in the chamber-music tradition, an astonishingly multi-faceted composition. The extreme range of the clarinet is given a virtuosic but at the same time restrained, almost ascetic, solo part. Light and vitality permeate the whole piece — the composer hints at a sense of euphoria over the presence of the girl, but at the same time the listener feels a hesitant tenderness, a distance of Schubertian proportions.

Wolfgang Plagge, professor

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