Crumb Child (2011/2013)
CONCERTO | ORCHESTRAL 10:00
Soloist: bass clarinet; Orchestration: 2(picc).2.2(bcl).1/188.8.131.52/1P/str
Crumb Child was commissioned by Atlanta-based Clarinetist Ashraf Attalla. It was premiered by the UC Berkeley Symphony at Berkeley's Hertz Hall in April 2011.
It was revised in 2013 for the Ostrava Days Festival in the Czech Republic, and performed by Irvin Venys and Ostravska Banda at the Janacek Philharmonic Hall.
Crumb Child won the 2013 Nicola di Lorenzo composition prize.
Crumb Child is my reflection on George Crumb’s beautiful Star Child. Crumb’s powerful brass, lamenting trombone and muted strings all become gestures that I develop into a new musical narrative: The brass is punctured with delicate woodwinds, the strings cycle into a sound mass of quartal harmony, and the solo clarinet imitates the distant trombone, slowly bringing its lament to the surface.
Hertz Hall, Berkeley, CA, 6 April 2011.
UC Berkeley Symphony. Ashraf Attalla, bass clarinet. David Milnes, conductor.
Janacek Philharmonic Hall, Ostrava, Czech Republic, 26 August, 2013.
Ostravska Banda. Irvin Venys, bass clarinet. Carl Bettendorf, conductor.