About the work
The first section reflects the evening drunk scurrying home between puddles. The central lyrical section captures a song trying to escape to the morning city awakening. The final section called “another day” is derived, distantly, from a popular song that deals with nostalgia for a previous time (‘yesterday’). Ending in a furious burst into the new dawn
The first movement is well within the normal range for clarinets, very playable (Grade 5), but the last section is a bit more demanding. Also exists as a trio for strings. It involves no extended techniques. The middle movement is playable on its own for players of Grade 4 standard. The last movement is more demanding – grade 7. Each movement may stand alone if desired. The piece is fairly conventional, built around three tunes.
Call for Pieces Entry: Gemini, CoMA Summer School 1997