Diamonds and cloverleaves (2012)

Duration: ca. 9′
Instrumentation: solo cl, vln, perc, a. sax, gtr, tbn, vib, db
Commissioned by TV Buddha Ensemble

In late 2011, my friend Ming-ching Chiu approached me about writing another piece for his ensemble in Urbana, IL, this time as a solo piece for their clarinetist, Yi-Wen Chen. The result is Diamonds and cloverleaves, a driving work, with the clarinet as a catalyst for much of the energy in the accompanying ensemble. The section at M, with the clarinet screaming high A’s and the ensemble punctuating the maracas insistent eighth notes, remains one of my favorite moments in all of my music.


March 2012 – Urbana, IL (world premiere)
TV Buddha Ensemble