Duration – 7:50
A) Nocturne for Clarinet and String Orchestra (1998) – 7:50
B) Clarinet and Piano (2004) (piano part by Chris Meyer and Ronald Royer)
The Nocturne for clarinet and string orchestra is not based on an original Chopin composition, but is instead inspired by Chopin’s music aesthetic and works as a whole. The introduction of the Nocturne, beginning on the note “E”, gradually thickens harmonically, using suspensions, while the clarinet introduces a motive that evolves into the first theme. The second theme is started in the lower register of the clarinet and then developed. At the end, a short clarinet cadenza brings back material from the first theme.
In Memoriam Fryderyk Chopin, for Clarinet, Cello and String Orchestra, Fantaisie-Impromptu, for Flute and String Orchestra , Nocturne, for Clarinet and String Orchestra (1999); Polish Canadian Society of Music and Toronto Sinfonietta, commissioners; grants by Laidlaw Foundation and the City of Toronto Millennium Grants Programme.