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Simpson, Mark: Lov(escape) (2006)
for clarinet and piano

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Lov(escape) was written for my semi-final recital for the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition in 2006. The title refers to the relationship between the two gestures that characterise the first idea: the opening is yearning and romantic, whilst the second is more erratic and desperate to escape. They can be seen as both connected and separate, hence the formation of the title.

The first section sees the development of this idea, while the second concentrates solely on the latter, more erratic gesture, displaying the virtuosic capabilities of the clarinet with some extended techniques – including screaming through the instrument, glissandi, and flutter-tonguing. In the final section I try to reconcile the differences between the two characters, with wild swoops in both instruments ending in a frantic struggle between the two.

© 2016 Mark Simpson

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