Instrumentation: Clarinet in Bb, String Trio (Violin, Viola, Cello)
Composer: Flint Juventino Beppe
Year composed: 1999
December 10, 2000
Typhoon at Heart
Healed by Red Wind
First performed by and written for the clarinettist Roger Arve Vigulf.
— «Distant Words» (a title, one sucpects, 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