Pedro Alvarez - INSTEAD

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PEDRO ALVAREZ

INSTEAD for solo clarinet (2013)

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‘Instead’ explores four textural situations recurrently; a kind of collage of fragments from surfaces designed independently from each other. It makes use of extremely limited material, making the clarinet devoid of its characteristic refined sophistication and flexibility, treating it as a sort of ‘found object’. Both material and form are thus approached in a brutal, ‘primitive’ way, though resulting in a fragile and subtle sound world that invites to contemplative experience. Pedro Alvarez, London, Sep. 2013

Performance notes This work is composed of four basic textural situations, which are alternated in different proportions. However abrupt, the switching from one situation to the following must be done as sudden and seamlessly as possible. Notation:

For the sake of clarity, in some of the textures the notation has been split into two staves corresponding to the actions of each hand. The white, round noteheads refer to single-finger modifications to the base fingering, e.g. such a middle C♯ means opening the corresponding key (little finger, left hand) on whichever base fingering it is added to (low E in the example). The B♭ below middle-C, in its turn, means opening the corresponding right-hand index finger, etc.

Equivalent fingering:

Trill the altered fingering, in the example, with the left-hand index. A broader trill line implies a slower trill speed than a small one, thus dissociating the respective speeds when the two different ones appear simultaneously. An irregular result is welcome. Rhythmic guides specify the exact beginning and end of fingering alterations. These must be observed as precisely as possible. Add the ‘register’ key (left thumb) for the duration indicated. Modify the embuchure in order to allow the apprearance of multiphonic sounds for the duration indicated. The isolation of upper partials must be avoided in favour of richer, more complex sounds.

Duration: ca. 7 min. INSTEAD was written for Heather Roche, who gave its premiere in Berlin, on 25th September 2013. www.pedroalvarez.info © 2013 Pedro R. Álvarez Muñoz Revised version: June 2015 v.2015-06-10


Pedro Alvarez

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