Reconnections (2013)

Duration: ca. 10′
Instrumentation: clarinet solo
Commissioned by Jackie Glazier
Score

Returning to places where I once lived and catching up with old friends are always wonderful experiences for me.  Every time it feels almost as if we’d never parted – and this age of Facebook immediacy feeds that illusion further.  Even so, they are experiences that I can’t help but feel are somehow temporary – there’s a familiarity there, a feeling of almost-belonging, but there is always that sense that the separation will inevitably resume, that your lives will leave their momentary tangent and continue on their disparate paths.  In the face of this pessimistic feeling, I like to turn it around, believing instead that it is the long separation that is temporary, and the brief, meaningful moments together that are lasting.

Reconnections represents a return to several places for me – it is a return to the instrument I grew up playing, as well as a return to my alma mater and the city of Gainesville; most importantly, it represents a new connection to an old friend.

PERFORMANCE HISTORY

February 15, 2014 – Tampa, FL
Calvin Falwell, clarinet

May 2, 2013 – La Jolla, CA
Curt Miller, clarinet

April 19, 2013 – Gainesville, FL (world premiere)
Jackie Glazier, clarinet