Constellations, for clarinet, viola, and piano

Commissioned By Chamber Music Northwest

Year
2015
Duration
12 minutes

Each movement of this work is inspired by two separate things: a constellation and a composer. The first, Ara, means “altar” and is a reflection on Beethoven, echoing the
opening movement of the famous “Moonlight” Sonata. Pavo, the brief middle movement, is translated as “peacock”, and here I attempt to channel the courtly grace
of Mozart. Finally, the last movement is called Cygnus, or “the swan” and quotes the elegant Adagio of Haydn’s D Major Sonata, Hob.XVI:19. This work is dedicated to
my friend Jacob Friedman.

Premiered by David Shifrin, Steven Tenenbom, and Yekwon Sunwoo in July 2015

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